Acetosella articulate (Savigny) Kuntze
Acetosella platensis (A.St.-Hil. & Naudin) Kuntze
Oxalis crassipes Urb.
Oxalis dumicola Arechav.
Oxalis floribunda alba hort. ex Vilm.
Oxalis guttata Osten ex Arechav.
Oxalis halophila Arechav.
Oxalis platensis A.St.-Hil. & Naudin
Oxalis rivalis Arechav.
Oxalis rubra A.St.-Hil.
Common Name: Pink Sorrel
Flowering plant at Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Photograph by: Okki
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Oxalis articulata is a perennial plant growing up to 40cm tall with a rhizomatous stem that can be 15cm long.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible leaves and flowers, which are consumed locally. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens.
This plant can become a weed in areas suitable for its growth[
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 - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil.
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Oxalis articulata is native to the warm temperate and subtropical regions of southern S. America. It is not very cold tolerant, being able to survive temperatures down to around -5°c or perhaps a bit lower if the soil is very well-drained[
An easily grown plant, preferring a sandy soil in a warm dry position[
]. It dislikes dry or heavy soils[
]. Dislikes lime[
]. Prefers a southerly aspect[
Leaves and flowers - raw or cooked. A pleasant lemony flavour, they make a nice flavouring in salads[
]. The leaves are available from June to October and the flowers from July to October, or even later in mild autumns[
]. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet.
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. Our plants have never produced seed.
Division in spring. Very easy, 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.