Herb: Iron Cross Plant


Latin name: Oxalis deppei


Family: Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel Family)



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Bulb


Height:
30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Flovering:
June to
November

Medicinal use of Iron Cross Plant:

None known

Known hazards of Oxalis deppei:

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.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.