Oxalis violacea

Common name: Violet Wood Sorrel

Native plant

Violet Wood Sorrel is a delicate plant with clover-like, heart-shaped leaves and showy purple flowers.  Although its name would suggest otherwise, this is a prairie plant that prefers full to partial sun.  It is slow to grow at first, but will spread rapidly once established.  Its flowers attract a wide range of bees and are visited by the occasional butterfly.  It blooms mid spring to early summer and lasts 1 to 2 months.

Limited availability.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
4 Inches
Mature width
4 Inches
Max height
6 Inches
Max width
6 Inches

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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