Wood Sorrel Identification

edible, Identification, medicinal, spring wildflowers, summer wildflowers, Wildflowers, yellow wildflowers / Monday, June 11th, 2012

Wood sorrel is easy to identify by the heart-shaped leaves that grow in groupings of 3.  Because of the shape of the leaves it is often compared to clover.  There are a number of varieties of wood sorrel which can be found throughout the world, though flowers and leaves vary in color and size.  Featured here is a small yellow flower variety with the 3 leaf, heart-shaped characteristic.  I often find this plant in woodlands and prairies of Illinois.

Wood sorrel is both edible and medicinal.  You can easily add a few leaves to a wild harvest salad for a bit of lemony tang or enjoy as a trail nibble.  Like lemons, this plant also happens to be high in Vitamin C.  Caution should be taken while eating or using wood sorrel medicinally.  Over-indulgence can cause health problems.

How To Identify Wood Sorrel

✓ heart shaped leaves, groups of 3
✓ 5 petal flowers
✓ slightly hairy stem
✓ looks similar to clover

4 Replies to “Wood Sorrel Identification”

    1. Thanks for the comment Steve. I have been debating whether or not to go with a technical description…. I’m still pondering on it. 🙂

    1. They are very similar, aren’t they? Wood sorrel is sometimes even referred to as false shamrock. 🙂 Thanks for checking out Dirty Wormy!

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