Etymology: Oxalis: from the Greek oxus for "sour," referring to the pleasantly sour taste of the leaves and stem
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-6" tall forb
Leaves: 3-parted, alternate; hairless
Flowers: pink to violet veined with purple, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" wide, held much above the leaves; inflorescence with more than 1 flower per stem in an umbel-like cluster; blooms April-June
Habitat: dry; woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"