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Yellow Woodsorrel

Oxalis stricta L.

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
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Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds
  • Thrives on nutrient rich, moist soil


  • Low growing perennial (or sometimes annual), 6-8” tall
  • Thin, green stems grow upright or slightly trailing
  • Stems may root where the nodes (joints) touch the ground
  • Clover-like trifoliate (3 leaflets), heart-shaped leaves are joined at the point on each leaf
  • Yellow flowers with five petals that bloom May to Sept.
  • Fibrous roots along with rhizomes (underground stems)


  • Difficult to control

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