Thursday, May 19, 2016

Violet Wood Sorrel

We found patches of Violet Wood Sorrel in the Village Point Park Preserve near Daphne, Alabama, last March. The plants’ shamrock-shaped leaves, not visible in this photo, indicated this plant belonged to the genus Oxalis. Violet Wood Sorrels are found across much of central and eastern North America.

Wikipedia, source of all human knowledge, informs us that all parts of this plant are edible, but advises “It should not be eaten in large quantities due to a high concentration of oxalic acid, …which can be poisonous.” Nevertheless, Oxalis was a food source for a number of Native American peoples.

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