Oxalis latifolia

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaOxalidaceaeOxalisOxalis latifolia


A bulbous perennial which was formerly grown as an ornamental. It is a weed of nurseries and gardens, from which it spreads to rubbish tips and other sites where garden refuse is dumped. It does not set seed, but spreads vigorously by easily detached bulblets that are resistant to all but the strongest herbicides. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of S. & C. America; now a notorious agricultural weed of mild climates worldwide.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 5.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 892

Life form information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Bulbous geophyte



Clonality - primary

Detaching ramets at or below ground

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 67

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 1

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 11

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

de Bolòs O, Vigo J
1990.  Flora dels Països Catalans, II. Crucíferes-Amarantàcies.
Watson (1997)
Young DP
1958.  Oxalis in the British Isles. Watsonia. 4:51-69.