This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Common wood sorrel, Sourgrass
- Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Often grows in colonies
- Annual or perennial herbs; leaves long-stalked with 3 leaflets; flowers 5-parted, white, yellow, lavender, or rose; fruit a capsule.
- Late spring to early summer
- 3-6 in.
- Shamrock-shaped leaves with three inverted heart-shaped leaflets; slightly sour taste; closes at night
- Single flower has five white to light pink petals with deep pink veins; deeply notched at the tip
- Rich, moist woods; especially hemlock and spruce-fir forests
- Poison Part:
- All parts.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, but no documented cases in humans.
- Caution: large quantities may cause trembling, cramps, and staggering as in grazing animals.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Small amounts of leaves, flowers, seeds, tubers/roots eaten raw are not dangerous. Leaves, flowers, seeds, tubers/
- Toxic Principle:
- Soluble oxalate.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; weedy in disturbed areas, lawns; landscape in flower gardens as herbaceous perennial.
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2672