Mystery plant 005

This plant is a common “weed” throughout most of North America.  When you can identify the plant, post your response as a comment below.  Please identify the plant by both its common name and its scientific name.  Feel free to add any other information you know and/or your experiences with this plant.

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Flower

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Mystery plant in bloom

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Leaves (center of photo)

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Flower bud and fruit body

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

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3 Responses to Mystery plant 005

  1. Margaret says:

    I believe this is wood sorrel, oxalis acetosella. When I was a child in southwest Missouri my Mother identified it as “sheep sour” and told me it had a nice sour taste. It indeed had this pleasant sour taste when bitten into. It adds a nice tang to a green salad.

    It is a hardy little plant despite it’s delicate appearance. It has invaded my vegetable garden and, despite judicious weeding, is impossible to eradicate. I find the more of it I pull up, the more of it I get to pull up! It is quite a survivor, too, because the tops break off easily to fool you into thinking you’re pulling it out, but the roots stay behind to produce more leaves and flowers again. I never apply any poisons to my garden so wood sorrel and I have just learned to get along!

  2. Bobby says:

    Yellow woodsorrel: Oxalis stricta.

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