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Oxalis Iron Cross
Oxalis Iron Cross
Oxalis Iron Cross
Oxalis Iron Cross
Oxalis Iron Cross
Oxalis Iron Cross
Oxalis Iron Cross

Oxalis Iron Cross
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"Lucky Clover"

SIZE 5/+

Perfect for pots

Loved by pollinators

Hand packed in paper bags

Hardy throughout the UK

£3.75

Oxalis deppei 'Iron Cross' gets its name from the cross pattern on the four velvety leaves that have given the plant various nicknames associated with the Shamrock. It’s been called a False Shamrock and the Good Luck Plant or just Lucky Clovers among others. The oxalis does have similar shaped almost heart-shaped leaves but the cross that circles the centre of the group of leaves is what really makes this plant stand out!

A deep maroon, it turns the leaves of the Oxalis deppei 'Iron Cross' into a very decorative part of the plant. Then add into the equation the dainty five-petalled deep pink flowers that shoot out from the plant on long thin stems and you will realise it was indeed good luck that you discovered this plant.
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Colour:

Deep pink

Height:

30-35 cm / 12-14"

Planting season:

Spring

Flowering time:

Summer

Botanical name:

Oxalis deppei Iron Cross

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full sun

Soil moisture:

Average

Naturalising:

Strong

Perennial:

Yes

  • Plant your little Oxalis bulbs (technically rhizomes) in late spring, in a pot or straight out into the garden soil after all risk of frost is over
  • Select an area with moderately fertile, humus-rich soil, that is in full sun or part shade
  • If growing in a pot, use a well-drained soil mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould (or soil-less compost) and grit
  • Set the oxalis bulbs 5cm, and space them 13cm apart
  • Water moderately when in growth and, for best foliage and flowers, apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly between April and September
  • Outdoors, in late autumn the top growth will die back. Pull or cut this away
  • Provide frost-free conditions for the bulbs to remain dormant over winter. During this time the compost should be kept barely moist
  • To freshen the compost, re-pot the bulbs every couple of years (when dormant), using the same pot, or move up to one size bigger
  • Indoors,pots will remain colourful throughout autumn and early winter. At this stage, allow the oxalis plants to dry out and have a period of dormancy before starting them into growth again in spring

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