May Wildflower Watch – Wood Sorrel

Wood sorrel along Gelvert Steam by Sandy Bay

Wood sorrel along Gelvert Steam by Sandy Bay

Michelle Salter writes:

Like many other plants, the flowers of Wood sorrel have been late in making an appearance this year. But they are worth the wait, and the pretty white flowers and clover-shaped leaves are currently on display in large clumps alongside the footpath leading to Sandy Bay.

In 2009, I wrote a post called Wood Sorrel, the Easter flower and in that year the flowers bloomed in early April, which would be the usual time to see them blossom.

Wood sorrel is a joy to photograph in indirect sunlight as the flowers open up to reveal five purple-veined white petals. The flowers close as light fades and the distinctive three-part leaves, which open out flat during the day, fold up on themselves at night.

Wood sorrel is a shade-loving plant and can grow in locations that have only one percent daylight.

Wood sorrel on Gelvert Stream bank

Wood sorrel on Gelvert Stream bank

Photo credits: Michelle Salter

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