Clover like plants

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    lucyjordan
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        Can anyone tell me what the clover like plants that beginning to cover my garden are? I left them last year as we had not begun to cultivate the garden. They have clover like leaves, but the flower is yellow on a long stem. I have tried finding them in my Plants of Crete book but have failed miserably! I’m not sure whether to pulling them all up or leave them in and dig them in before the seed, any suggestions would be very welcome.

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            Hi
            I think they may be Oxalis they grow from a small bulb and a notorious weed to get rid of my garden is full of them.

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                they are beautiful little plants, in the winter they grow all along the roadside and on the mountains in the olive groves, which from a distance makes it look like beautiful lime green carpet

                http://www.west-crete.com/flowers/oxalis_pes-caprae.htm

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                    the oxalis are fine, because they have hollow stems they let the winter rains soak deeper into the soil and in the spring they naturally die back for the rest of the year.
                    If you see them amongst the olive trees they are always left and not sprayed as the keep other weeds from growing

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                        Thanks Donny and Latsida for the quick replies. I agree that they are lovely plants that make the olive groves either side of my property look lovely especially when they are in full bloom. Looks like I will have to embrace this small plant or spend my retirement fighting it!

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                            In England we bought them as garden plants, here they are the wild variety we welcome the colour they bring and as was said, they keep the weeds down and then die off leaving the plot clear, no problem

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                                Thanks to everyone for the information, they now don’t sound quite as daunting as first feared. Will learn to live with them and enjoy them while they last.

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