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Oxalis versicolor (Candy Cane Sorrel)

Candy Cane Sorrel, Striped-Flowered Wood Sorrel


Native to South Africa, Oxalis versicolor (Candy Cane Sorrel) is a charming bulbous perennial forming a dense mound of fresh green leaves composed of 3 narrow leaflets. Blooming from midsummer to fall, delicate white flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with a crimson margin on the petal backs, appear above the handsome, clover-like foliage. Whether the flowers are fully open (which they only are in sunny weather) or in the bud, they are equally ornamental. Candy Cane Sorrel is a festive addition to borders, rock gardens and containers.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and 8 in wide (20 cm).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade .
  • Propagate by seed or division

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Oxalis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 8" (20cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 1" (2cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Oxalis
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 8" (20cm)
Spacing 4" (10cm)
Depth 1" (2cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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