Mar. 18, 2018

common yellow woodsorrel, Oxalis stricta

Here's the other side of the shamrock story. If one Googles shamrock, and looks at images, most of the leaves are clearly woodsorrel, rather than clover. Sometimes, the Irish even call their white flowered species wood shamrock. This must have been one of the first plants I became aware of, other than those on my high stool tray. What toddler of our generation never tasted this attention grabbing nibble from a lawn? But don't eat too much, or it will screw up your calcium content. This woodsorrel grows in every state except AK, HI, NV, OR, and UT, and in BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 9/13/11.