Appearance''Oxalis violacea'' emerges in early spring from an underground bulb, and grows to an average height of approximately 7 inches. The three-part leaves have heart-shaped leaflets. It is similar in appearance to small clovers such as the shamrock.
The plant bears violet colored flowers above the foliage, during April, May, and June.
DistributionIt is native plant in much of the United States, from the Rocky Mountains east to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico coasts, and through Eastern Canada. It has a tendency to cluster in open places in damp woods and on stream banks, and in moist prairies.
The plant is listed as a threatened or endangered species in five eastern U.S. states.
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