Woodland flowers

Wood sorrel

Wood sorrel

Wood sorrel is common and widespread in woodlands throughout the UK. It grows in almost any woodland except the most recently established scrubby woods. In the New Forest it is found in deciduous woods, on the sides of rides in conifer plantations and in parts of the wet valley woodlands.

Wood sorrel flowers in April but you will need to look hard to spot the small flowers growing very close to the ground.

ID tip - Once found, wood sorrel is easily identified by the three heart-shaped leaves joined together at their tips and the delicately nodding white, bell-shaped flowers.The sour, lemon-flavoured leaves are edible, but large quantities can be toxic.

  1. Woodland flowers
  2. Bluebell
  3. Lesser celandine
  4. Wood anemone
  5. Narrow-leaved lungwort
  6. Foxglove
  7. Wood spurge
  8. Butchers broom
  9. Wood sorrel (you are here)
  10. Wild daffodil
  11. Bastard balm


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