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Oxalis purpurea

Sorrel

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height0.07m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourCreamy purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Oxalis purpurea (Sorrel). A low perennial herb from South America. Hairy diamond shaped leaves are dark green with purple undersides. Creamy purple funnel-shaped flowers are borne in clusters in autumn and winter.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will need a position in sun or partial-shade with mulched, well-drained soil.

Propagation

Propagate by division of the bulbs or from seed in autumn.

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