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How to Grow Oxalis




Oxalis (Oxalidaceae), commonly known as wood sorrel, is a huge family of mostly small plants with clover-like leaves. Some of them are pernicious weeds, but many make charming additions to the flower garden. Here is some information about Oxalis and how to grow them.

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1£®Oxalis triangularis and iron cross courtesy of Willow Creek Gardens Oxalis comes in many different varieties, many of which are wonderfully ornamental for the garden. Most form neat, attractive clumps with colorful flowers. Some have colored foliage like the deep burgundy purple, triangular-shaped leaves of the Oxalis triangularis rubrum or the red blotched leaves if the Oxalis Iron Cross.

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2£®Oxalis aureo reticulata courtesy of the Bulbsociety.org Some others have elaborately designed leaves that outshine any flowers. Try the Oxalis aureo reticulata for a gold netted green leaf.

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3£®Some oxalis flowers are quite large. Flowers can be found in whites, pinks, reds, yellows, lavenders and there is even a related variety in blue. Flowers can be large or small and usually flower prolifically smothering the plants in color during blooming season.

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4£®Use Oxalis as a colorful ground cover plant. Oxalis can spread by runners, seed and many actually grow from small bulbs or tubers. These plants can spread widely and tend to grow with a low profile. They make excellent ground covers and perfect fills for empty spaces.

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5£®Oxalis makes a playful garden edging. They can also be used between flagstones and pavers. Try using Oxalis as an informal edging. But wherever you plant Oxalis, expect it WILL wander so it isn't great for a formal garden unless contained by strong edgings or pots.

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6£® Be aware that most Oxalis varieties go into dormancy after flowering. They can disappear completely from sight for months, the majority doing so in the winter (though some are dormant in summer or autumn). For more information on how to grow Oxalis, please check the Resources listed below.

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Good info on growing Oxalis. TX

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Thanks for the well detailed article on how to grow oxalis.

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Thanks for the well detailed article on how to grow oxalis.