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Cape Sorrel

Oxalis pes-caprae

Also known as

African Wood-Sorrel, Bermuda Buttercup, Englishweed, Buttercup Oxalis, Drooping Wood-Sorrel, Large Yellow Soursob, Soursob, Yellow-Flower Oxalis

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cape Sorrel Overview

Cape sorrel are such a common weed in gardens that one rarely ever stop to notice it. As kids, we collected the flowers with stems intact and chewed on them for their pleasant sour taste. The yellow flowers light up in the sunlight and close at night to reopen again, once in the sun's rays. Cape sorrel is also very commonly used in Waterblommetjiebredie, a culinary dish in South Africa. Cape sorrel is clasified as an invasive species in South Africa and can be very difficult to eliminate if it's spread across a large area.

Common problems with Cape Sorrel

Generally pest free.

    How to harvest Cape Sorrel

    When harvesting flowers and leaves, pick or cut as desired, preferably early morning.

    How to propagate Cape Sorrel


    Underground stems(stolons) and bulbs spread rapidly.


    You can propagate by division of the bulbs in autumn or early spring.



    From seed in autumn.

    Special features of Cape Sorrel

    Other uses of Cape Sorrel

    Grown for their colourful flowers (which in bud are rolled like an umbrella), and their often attractive leaves.


    Functions as an analgesic, antipyrectic, anti-inflammatory, depurative and scorpion anitdote.


    With a pleasant sour flavours, cape sorrel is used in a popular South African dish, Waterblommetjie bredie.

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