Acetosella enneaphylla (Cav.) Kuntze
Oxalis cunninghamii R.Knuth
Oxalis frigida R.Knuth
Oxalis patagonica Speg.
Oxalis pumila d'Urv.
Common Name: Scurvy Grass
Oxalis enneaphylla is a perennial plant that can grow up to 7cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[
Southern S. America - southern Chile, southern Argentina and the Falkland Islands
Coastal sands, open grassland, open scrub, screes and rock crevices[
Easily grown in a well-drained humus rich sandy soil in a warm dry sunny position[
]. Requires a sheltered position[
A very ornamental plant, it does well in the rock garden[
]. The flowers have a delicious almond-like perfume[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet.
Flowers - raw or cooked[
]. No further details are given.
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.