Oxalis (Oxalis versicolor) in the Wood Sorrels Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches in full sun.
Plant Spread: 9 to 12 inches at maturity.
Leaves: Other: Usually summer dormant.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: White with swirls of red on the underside of petals. Giving the impression of a candy cane when bloom is closed.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Other: Early spring to late summer. The time of flowering will depend on the weather conditions in your local area.
Underground structures: Corm
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Toxicity: Other: All plants containing oxalic acid can be toxic to humans if enough is ingested.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Rhizomes and tubers
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Feb 19, 2012 3:00 PM

Native to flats and slopes in the southwestern region of the Western Cape, growing in low-lying, wet areas in fields

When grown as a summer grower in warmer climates, or under lights, the foliage will form nice, tight mounds. In weaker winter light or shade, specimens will be more lax in habit.

In researching this plant, I found that this is one of the Oxalis species that love moisture when in growth, and appreciate discontinuing of all water during the summer (which in nature would be their resting period). Start back with watering in September, as that is when the shorter days and cooler temperatures will trigger them to continue growing.

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