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Oxalis versicolor

Oxalis versicolor (Candycane sorrel)

is a fully hardy perennial evergreen subshrub with red and white flowers in early Spring, early Summer, late Spring, late Winter and mid Spring, and it takes less than 1 year to flower. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are trumpet shaped. It looks best in Spring, Summer and Winter.


Oxalis versicolor grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers medium fertility.


This is a irregular plant has an ultimate height of 0.3m / 11.8in and spread of 0.3m / 11.8in. It can take 4-5 years to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer and green in Autumn.


City courtyard garden, container plant, cottage informal garden, flower border and bed, garden edging, gravel, low maintenance and under shrubs.


Propagation techniques include division and rhizomes.


South Africa.

-17°C / 1.4F 5.5 to 8 4-5 years 0.3m / 11.8in 0.3m / 11.8in
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Oxalis
Specific epithet ? versicolor
Common names
Candycane sorrel (Ireland)
IPNI details on Oxalis versicolor
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