Oxalis corniculata - Plant
Oxalis corniculata, the creeping woodsorrel, also called procumbent yellow-sorrel or sleeping beauty, resembles the common yellow woodsorrel, Oxalis stricta.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Oxalis corniculata||yellow||Spring, Summer,||12-18 in.||Easy to grow|
Planting and 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 fall. Dig planting holes Â½ to 1 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches wide with a hand trowel. Space holes for multiple plantings 6 inches apart.
|Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Medium||25 ÂºC.||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- 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 placed 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.
Special features: Wood sorrel (Oxalis spp.) can be grown outdoors in rock gardens and as a ground-cover plant or indoors as a houseplant.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Uses : Oxalis Corniculata plant is anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, lithontripic, stomachic and styptic. It is used in the treatment of influenza, fever, urinary tract infections, enteritis, diarrhea, traumatic injuries, sprains and poisonous snake bites.