The dainty Wood Sorrel is common all over the country. It grows in damp woods and in shady places, and it blooms in spring.
The flowers grow singly at the end of slender pink stalks. They are large, and have five beautiful white petals, slightly tinged with pink. These petals are covered all over with fine veins, and when the sun shines on the plant they open out almost flat.
If you look closely at the bundle of yellow stamens in the centre of the flower, you will find that five are long and five are short.
Behind the white petals there is a tiny green cup, which is made up of five sepals joined together. The mouth of this cup is edged with five sharp points.
The leaves of the Wood Sorrel are very pretty. Each leaf has a slender pink stalk which springs straight from the root, and every leaf is divided into three delicate leaflets, which are pale green above, and a delicate pale pink below. These leaflets are heart-shaped, and before they have fully opened, they droop close to the stem.
If you taste one of the Wood Sorrel leaves, you will find it is bitter but not unpleasant.
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