Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea)
Violet Wood Sorrel is a low-lying (4"), shy native with small, bell-shaped violet flowers that become white with greenish lines near the blossom’s throat. Leaves and blossoms both open up to the sun, the latter exposing bright yellow anthers, and then fold with shade. Three oval-heart leaflets comprise each leaf. Native bees love this plant, which prefers well-drained soils. It will spread readily from bulb offshoots that form small colonies in a short amount of time.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - 4 inches
Bloom Time - April, May, June
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.