Oxalis violacea, violet woodsorrel, forms low growing mounds about 3-8 inches tall. It grows very slowly and is relatively uncommon, especially when compared to the weedy yellow wood-sorrel. It does not compete with aggressive plants. The fibrous root system contains many small scalely bulbs.
Oxalis violacea flower is about a half inch across
Side view and bud"
Leaves and Plant
Leaves may or may not show the purplish markings
Text by Millie Ling and all photos by Hubert & Millie Ling. Photos: 5/19/2005, cultivation
Additional information / references:
- The USDA website shows Oxalis violacea distribution in the US and other information: https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/home/plantProfile?symbol=OXVI