One of Chickadee’s favorite foraged snacks!
Also known as Sourgrass or Lemon clover because of its distinctive sour-lemon taste, yellow wood sorrel is a pretty wildflower or a ubiquitous weed, depending on your perspective and how much of it you’ve got in your yard. There are multiple species in this genus with similar characteristics, so I won’t attempt to nail this one down to species.
A common characteristic of all of the Oxalis species is the three-part, clover-like leaf that is commonly referred to as a “shamrock”. Each leaflet in the three-part leaf has a charming heart shape (which makes them fun to pick and share with someone you love ). Oxalis leaves fold up at night too, which gives them that special “oddity” characteristic that children enjoy discovering. As the name implies, the 5-petalled, funnel-shaped flowers of Yellow Wood Sorrel are yellow.
There is a pinkish wood sorrel in our area. Check out Violet Wood Sorrel too.