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A plant of a genus which includes the wood sorrel, typically having three-lobed leaves and white, yellow, or pink flowers.
- ‘This was the weedmat that defeated my oxalis and couch grass.’
- ‘Semi-tropical natives such as dahlias, gladioli, begonias, canna, caladium, elephant ears, oxalis and other tender summer-flowering bulbs will not make it through the winter outside of the warmest climate zones.’
- ‘If possible, weed the unwanted oxalis in flower beds rather than use a herbicide, which may damage or kill your more desirable plants.’
- ‘Ferns are especially handsome as accents among swaths of lower-growing plants such as sweet woodruff or oxalis or growing beside ponds.’
- ‘Double-pot small plants or those that dry out quickly such as oxalis, laying in a layer of moist peat between the two pots.’
Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek, from oxus sour (because of its sharp-tasting leaves).
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