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Oxalis Genus

Sorrel

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Oxalis genus (Sorrel). These are tuberous, rhizomatous or fibrous-rooted perennials and semi-evergreen sub-shrubs. The leaves are divided into heart-shaped leaflets. The funnel-shaped flowers are pink, white or yellow; they are carried in an umbel-like cluster on slender stalks.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Bulbs

Other common names

Shamrock

Origin

S.Africa & S.America

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful flowers (which in bud are rolled like an umbrella), and their often attractive leaves.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5C, and will need full sun or semi-shade with well drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by division of the bulbs in autumn or early spring, or from seed in autumn.

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