Wood sorrel can be grown outdoors in rock gardens and as a ground-cover plant or indoors as a houseplant.
|1||Oxalis corniculata – Plant|
|2||6 inch (15 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)|
Oxalis corniculata, the creeping woodsorrel, also called procumbent yellow-sorrel or sleeping beauty, resembles the common yellow woodsorrel, Oxalis stricta.
|Common Name||Oxalis corniculata|
|Maximum Reachable Height||12-18 in.|
|Difficulty Level||easy to grow|
Planting And Care
Place three or four wood sorrel bulbs or rhizomes into each hole.
Push loose, prepared soil over the bulbs or rhizomes until the top of the soil is level with the surrounding garden soil.
Water the places you planted bulbs or rhizomes to settle the soil.
Water the planting site when its soil begins to dry. After the plants grow and have healthy stems and leaves, give them an application of 20-10-20 or 15-15-15 fertilizer once per week.
Allow the soil to dry, and do not fertilize the wood sorrel plants if they become dormant.
Some wood sorrel species become dormant and appear dead for as long as three months up to four times per year.
Resume watering and fertilizing after new stems and leaves appear on the wood sorrel plants.
Oxalis Corniculata Care
Select a sunny or partially shady outdoor planting site. Mix a 3- to 6-inch layer of organic matter such as compost, well-aged cow manure and sphagnum peat moss into the planting site.
Mix it in thoroughly to a depth of 10 to 12 inches with a rototiller or shovel.
Plant wood sorrel bulbs or rhizomes in the prepared soil in the fall. Dig planting holes ½ to 1 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches wide with a hand trowel. Space holes for multiple plantings 6 inches apart.
|Sunlight||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
|Temperature||25 ± 2 ºC.|
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Oxalis Corniculata Special Feature
They usually bloom in spring and fall, producing pink, purple, red, white, or yellow flowers.
Oxalis Corniculata Uses
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
- It is anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, lithontriptic, stomachic, and styptic
- It is used in the treatment of influenza, fever, urinary tract infections, enteritis, diarrhea, traumatic injuries, sprains, and poisonous snake bites
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