Bermuda Buttercup

(Oxalis pes-caprae)
bermuda buttercup
Yellow flowers of the Bermuda Buttercup near Battery Crosby.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Oxalis is Greek for "sour."

Presidio Locations: Found throughout the Presidio especially in disturbed areas.

Range In State: California coast.

Description: This exotic perennial species is from South Africa and has funnel-shaped, yellow flowers with 5 petals. The leaves are clover-like and have leaflets grouped in threes; each is heart-shaped and creased down the middle. The plant contains high levels of oxalic acid making it sour. Bermuda Buttercup has edible leaves, often used in salads. Blooms March to May.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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