Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor
Oxalis versicolor

Oxalis versicolor

"Candy cane sorrel"

Oxalis versicolor

5 bulbs — £6.75

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
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Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
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Description

Here’s some plant candy to sweeten up your style—it goes by the name of Oxalis versicolor, more commonly known as candy cane sorrel. This late summer treat flowers with candy-twist blooms so enchanting you could easily find them in a fairy tale. Forming a soft cushion of greenery, they come to life from late summer through to early winter with their topping of sweetie-shop flowers which unravel during the day, at which point they resemble little red and white spiralled lollipops!

One for a mild, coastal area, rockery or gravel garden, Oxalis versicolor loves to be in a free-draining, sandy or gritty soil and can tolerate temperatures down to around -5C. Oxalis is very low maintenance and doesn’t require much fuss. Given mild conditions, they’ll come back for a repeat show every year!

Oxalis flowers open and close according to light levels. It’s called nyctinasty. On sunny days, the flowers open for pollinators and at night they close up again!

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • May need winter cover

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Oxalis versicolor

  • Flower colour

    White, red

  • Bulb size

    5/+

  • Established height

    5-10cm

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Rockery

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Requires specific conditions

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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