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Oxalis depressa (Wood Sorrel)

Wood Sorrel, Oxalis inops, Oxalis dammeriana, Oxalis otaviensis

Oxalis depressa, Wood Sorrel, Oxalis acetosella subsp. griffithii, Oxalis hupehensis, Oxalis japonica, Oxalis leucolepis var. griffithii

Oxalis depressa (Wood Sorrel) is a small tuberous perennial boasting widely funnel-shaped, bright rose-pink flowers with yellow hearts over a long season. Blooming from summer to fall, they are borne atop the handsome foliage of silvery green, clove-like leaves. Easy to cultivate and maintain, this plant often naturalizes well and will gently spread in the garden. Good choice for containers, along walkways or as a cheerful ground cover.

  • Grows up to 2-6 in. tall (5-15 cm) and 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm).
  • Thrives in well-drained soils in sun or part shade. Needs a sheltered site.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to South Africa and South America.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Oxalidaceae
Genus Oxalis
Common names Shamrock, Wood Sorrel, Sorrel
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2" - 6"
(5cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spacing 3" (8cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Pathways, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Oxalis violacea (Violet Wood Sorrel)
Oxalis vulcanicola ‘Molten Lava’
Oxalis vulcanicola ‘Zinfandel’
Oxalis griffithii (Wood Sorrel)
Oxalis hirta (Tropical Woodsorrel)
Oxalis oregana (Redwood Sorrel)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Oxalidaceae
Genus Oxalis
Common names Shamrock, Wood Sorrel, Sorrel
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2" - 6"
(5cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spacing 3" (8cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Pathways, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
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