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Plant Identification: Please help identify this "ground cover"

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Jaclyn9189
Redlands, CA

January 26, 2013
5:30 PM

Post #9398544

Hello,

I don't have a picture because so I'll try to describe it.
When I was young there was what I think was a ground cover-type plant (it was low to the ground but sort of poofy).
It looked like pretty densely packed tiny tiny clovers (in that each "sprout" had three little leaves in a clover shape, only miniature, and it was green) and you couldn't see the ground below. It was very delicate, and covered the shadier, damper areas of our lawn in large patches. Because it was so fluffy and delicate, any place you would step on it, it would compress and leave a foot mark in the groundcover.
Since this was so long ago, I'm not sure if this is correct or not, but i believe it would at least occasionally sprout little tiny white flowers.

Thanks for any help in identifying this plant--it brings me nostalgia of childhood.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2013
7:57 PM

Post #9398693

perhaps a sorrel?
vngarden
Seattle, WA

January 26, 2013
8:14 PM

Post #9398701

Oxalis oregana?
vngarden
Seattle, WA

January 26, 2013
8:32 PM

Post #9398713

[quote="sallyg"]perhaps a sorrel?[/quote]

Sorrel, the common name of Rumex? or Sorrel, the common name of Oxalis oregana?

If you meant the latter, Oxalis oregana, then I don't want to take the credit from you.

sorry

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 26, 2013
8:43 PM

Post #9398726

The Oxalis
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/78526/
I am not familiar with that one, but am familiar with 'yellow wood sorrel' , O. stricta, but thought I might be close.
; ^)
Jaclyn9189
Redlands, CA

January 26, 2013
9:55 PM

Post #9398757

Thank you for your responses!

The oxalis oregana is really close, but the leaves seem pretty large compared to what I'm trying to describe. It's pretty much just like the oxalis oregana, only a lot more tiny.

Thanks again!
vngarden
Seattle, WA

January 27, 2013
6:13 AM

Post #9398903

Gallium?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2013
7:48 AM

Post #9398978

good guess, that could fit.
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 27, 2013
9:46 AM

Post #9399075

There are many different Oxalis, but I would have no idea what kinds grow in CA.
Vestia
San Francisco, CA

January 27, 2013
5:03 PM

Post #9399433

one of the white clovers eg Trifolium repens?

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