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chattycarnation blog photos
Joined: 4/02/2003
Location: Central Illinois
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Posted: Jun/01/2008 9:04 PM PST

I have a weed that is coming up everywhere. It looks like clover, only it has a yellow bloom on it. It is even coming up on top of all my mulch. Does anyone know the name of this weed and how to get rid of it? It seems like pulling it up by the roots does nothing!
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Posted: Jun/01/2008 9:51 PM PST

I think it is probably Oxalis Stricta L. We call it sourgrass. Check this link and see if this is it.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OXST&ph otoID=oxst_004_ahp.jpg
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Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: beautiful southern appalachians
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Posted: Jun/02/2008 7:08 AM PST

Not to worry, chatty, they are quite harmless, in fact even (slightly) edible.
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Posted: Jun/02/2008 12:42 PM PST

We just wait for a good rain afterwards they are easy to pull up. Although I do try to catch them before they go to seed.
fschukar
Joined: 7/08/2003
Location: West of Salem, OR on the W. edge of the Willamette
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Posted: Jun/03/2008 11:55 AM PST

If it's oxalis, it'll develop a rather extensive underground root system that must be eliminated/pulled to completely eliminate the plant. I got some in a potted plant from a nursery some years back and have it everyplace in my raised beds and the paths between. Good luck!
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Posted: Jun/03/2008 6:30 PM PST

I'd never have guessed it to look at the roots when I pull them up, Fritz. Hmm. Ver-r-ry interesting.
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Joined: 4/02/2003
Location: Central Illinois
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Posted: Jun/05/2008 6:13 AM PST

It does appear to look similar.. what a pain in the garden it is!! It is all over the place and I could spend 24/7 all summer pulling it up and never get all of it!
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Posted: Jul/25/2008 4:24 AM PST

It has been identified as Yellow Oxalis. It is everywhere!!
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Joined: 6/21/2008
Location: Indiana
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Posted: Aug/10/2008 8:57 PM PST

Wood Sorrel. Quite edible. I sometimes pick that, lambsquarters, and purslane that come up in my garden and add them to salad. Hey, might as well take advantage of the free stuff.
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Posted: Aug/11/2008 6:35 AM PST

It's not quite the same as wood sorrell, aimee. They're both oxalis, but the wood sorrell is a shade plant and the sourgrass is the common name for the obnoxious weed, which is a sun-lover. If you have true wood sorrell, you are a fortunate person. It is a larger plant than the sourgrass, with darker, showier foliage and a much prettier flower. But it requires a very loamy, well-drained soil to thrive, whereas sourgrass will grow in the cracks of your sidewalk.
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