The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition
Leaves - raw or cooked
. A pleasant acid flavour, but the leaves are rather small and they are also a bit chewy[K]. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet,
Flowers - raw[K]. A pleasant and decorative addition to the salad bowl[K].
There are no material uses listed for Oxalis magellanica.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Oxalis magellanica.
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
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Easily grown in a sandy soil in a warm dry position in sun or light shade
. Succeeds in the well-drained interstices of paving stones
Plants can become a pest in the garden
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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