The Little Plant That Could

Meet the Oxalis Corniculata, a small but mighty plant with a big personality. Known by many names, from the whimsical 'Sleeping Beauty' to the playful 'Creeping Yellow Wood-Sorrel', this plant is a true chameleon of the garden.

Oxalis corniculata

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

Needs regular watering (multiple times a week), but can manage occasional variations.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Significant Human Health Risks

This plant is toxic and may cause severe health issues.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Oxalis corniculata

This perennial herb stands a modest 2 to 8 inches tall and can spread anywhere from 2 to 30 inches wide. Its verdant to mauve leaves and sunlit flowers give it a cheerful appearance, while its olive-colored fruits add an unexpected twist.

Did you know that the Oxalis Corniculata is also known as 'Sour-grass wood-sorrel' due to its tart taste? It's a fun way to add a zing to your dishes!

Also known as

Creeping Ladies'-Sorrel
Creeping Wood Sorrel
Creeping Woodsorrel
Creeping Yellow Wood-Sorrel
Creeping lady's-sorrel
Creeping oxalis
Creeping wood-sorrel
Creeping woods
Creeping yellow Oxalis
Creeping yellow wood sorrel
Indian Sorrel
Jimson Weed
Procumbent yellow-sorrel
Sleeping Beauty
Sour-grass wood-sorrel
Wood Sorrel
Yellow Oxalis
Yellow Procumbent Wood-Sorrel
Yellow Sorrel
Yellow wood sorrel


For the culinary adventurers out there, both the leaves and flowers of the Oxalis Corniculata are edible and can add a tangy kick to your salads or garnishes.

Our design recommendations

The Oxalis Corniculata is a versatile addition to any garden. Its creeping nature makes it perfect for ground cover, while its vibrant colors add a pop of joy to any landscape. This plant is a great fit for a variety of landscapes, from turfs and fields to untamed spaces and mini-gardens. It can also add a touch of wild beauty to your paths.