The Violet Wood Sorrel, also known as Oxalis violacea, is a small, herbaceous plant native to the southwestern United States. It has delicate, heart-shaped leaves and small, five-petaled violet flowers. The plant grows to be about 6-8 inches tall, and spreads quickly through its rhizomes.
The Violet Wood Sorrel is easily differentiated from other plants by its heart-shaped leaves and violet flowers. It prefers well-draining, moist soil and partial shade to full sun. In order to cultivate it successfully, a grower may need to water it regularly and provide shade during the hottest part of the day. The plant is not winter hardy and will die back in cold temperatures.
The leaves and flowers of the Violet Wood Sorrel are edible and can be used in salads or as a garnish. The leaves can also be dried and stored for later use. In addition to its culinary uses, the plant has medicinal properties and can be used to treat digestive issues and inflammation.
The Violet Wood Sorrel is also beneficial to wildlife, providing nectar for pollinators and shelter for small insects. Its fast-spreading nature makes it a useful ground cover for erosion control