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Creeping Woodsorrel

Oxalis corniculata

Also known as

Yellow Sorrel, Creeping Oxalis, 'Ihi, Yellow Procumbent Wood-Sorrel, Creeping Lady's-Sorrel, Sour-Grass Wood-Sorrel, Yellow Oxalis, Procumbent yellow sorrel, Creeping yellow oxalis

Oxalis corniculata 1 by Dalgial (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Some green leaves and yellow flowers of a Oxalis corniculata plant in the wild
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Close up of some green leaves of a Oxalis corniculata plant

Creeping Woodsorrel Overview

Oxalis corniculata is a low-growing, herbaceous weed that has green clover-like, triangular leaves coloured soft green and bright yellow flowers. Also known by the common names creeping woodsorrel, yellow sorrel and creeping Oxalis, these names refer to the delicate stems that grow across the ground and root easily, some term this an invasive lawn weed.

Common problems with Creeping Woodsorrel

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Creeping Woodsorrel

    Not usually harvested.

    How to propagate Creeping Woodsorrel


    Scatter the seed onto moist soil or compost.


    Propagate by division of the bulbs or from seed in autumn.


    Special features of Creeping Woodsorrel

    Ground cover

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Creeping Woodsorrel

    Grown for their colourful flowers (which in bud are rolled like an umbrella), and their often attractive leaves.


    The leaves are edible with a deliciously sour taste of lemons. Rich in vitamin C, it can be eaten (or infused into a tea) in small quantities.

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