Oxalis Is A Weed But Also A Plant


Type: Broadleaf perennial
Size: To 20 inches tall

Description A perennial with trifoliate leaves and yellow flowers. Its leaves are arranged alternately along the stem, long-petiolate, and divided into 3 heart-shaped leaflets. Leaf margins are smooth but fringed with hairs. The stems are green to pink, weak, branched at base. The flowers occur in clusters that arise from long stalks at the leaf axils. Individual flowers consist of 5 yellow petals. The roots are long, slender rhizomes occur with a fibrous root system.

Where it grows: Sunny or shady landscape, lawn, or garden areas
Appearance: Light green leaves that look like clover and cup-shaped yellow flowers in summer and fall
Grass Weed Control Tip: Mulch garden areas in spring to prevent it; pull plants by hand or spray with a post-emergence herbicide in spring or fall.
Note: The leaves are edible in small quantities and have a sharp, sour taste. They can be harmful if eaten in large amounts.

Getting Oxalis Under Control

Step One

Do not pull out the weeds! I repeat...Do Not Pull Out The Oxalis Weeds. Why don't you pull this weed out? Pulling is just not effective, as it will leave behind fragments of rhizome, stem and bulbils, which will simply establish new plants and spread even further in your lawn, flowerbed or driveway. You may never be able to get rid of your weeds if you keep pulling them out! 

Step Two

You want to spray Oxalis with a herbicide weed control. You will want to use a formula marked for broadleaf weed control. These are serious chemicals and you must follow all instructions and apply before the plant sets seed and thats it. Wait for it to die and disintegrate into the ground or lawn. 


Step Three

To stop Oxalis from germinating you want to apply a Pre-emergent at the proper time of the year. This may require one or more subsequent applications, and may need to be watered in appropriately for a certain amount of time to be effective. When using a post-emergent (when you see the weed) herbicide, spray to just wet the foliage of the weed enough so it will penetrate and absorb into the root system. 

Weed Facts

Oxalis looks somewhat like a small clover plant, yet it produces small yellow blossoms. It is infrequently developed as a ground however to most landscapers, however it is a very irritating weed. This weed is found in numerous pieces of the world and ascends from stem parts and little bulbils. Getting rid of Oxalis consistently treating it and eliminating it before it grows. Oxalis weed control requires some serious energy, as every single bulbil is eliminated or gets ineffective.

Oxalis, can be a very difficult to control weed. It can take a very long time to get this weed under control and to completely eliminate from your lawn or garden. This plant grows low to the ground and can drop several seeds per season. The low-developing plant can restore from simply a little stem section, delicate brittle rhizomes, or bulbils. Oxalis is a hardy weedy and can be utilized as ground cover, which spreads through interlocking that are not difficult to fall to pieces and is very hardy. Anyplace the stem contacts the ground the weed can root, conceivably delivering an ever increasing number of weeds spreading throughout your entire lawn or flowerbed. 

Types of Oxalis

There are over 800 species of Oxalis. Two of the most common types of Oxalis weeds are Creeping wood sorrel and Bermuda Buttercup. Both of these types of Oxalis are found across the northern hemisphere and are persistent annoying pests in the landscape.

Managing Oxalis

Oxalis is common in a yard, but too much indicates issues with your lawn and it soil. If you mow your grass too short or your lawn is not thick or healthy, oxalis can quickly take control. 


By | April 25th, 2017 |

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