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Oxalis europaea - Jordan.

Common Name
Family Oxalidaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards 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[238].
Habitats Waste places and as a weed of the garden[17].
Range Europe, Scandanavia to Spain, east to Italy anf Poland. Naturalized in Britain. Eastern N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Oxalis europaea


Ted Bodner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens.
Oxalis europaea
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oxalis europaea is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in). It is in flower from Jun to September, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

O. stricta. Auct. non L.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[61]. A pleasant acid flavour, it makes an excellent addition to mixed salads[K]. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet,

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a sandy soil in a warm dry position[1]. According to some authorities this species is no more than a synonym of O. stricta. L.[200].

Propagation

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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Botanical References

17200

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Readers comment

Marjorie   Mon Nov 28 2005

I am looking for this seed to use as a ground cover, about 2 pounds.

Marjorie   Mon Nov 28 2005

I am looking for this seed to use as a ground cover, about 2 pounds.

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