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PlantFiles: Oxalis
Oxalis lobata

Family: Oxalidaceae
Genus: Oxalis (oks-AL-iss) (Info)
Species: lobata (low-BAH-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Oxalis perdicaria

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Bikebiddy On Oct 20, 2014, Bikebiddy from Tauranga
New Zealand wrote:

Is it invasive like the weed oxalis? It looks very similar from the photo.

Oxalis pes-caprae (Bermuda buttercup, African wood-sorrel, Bermuda sorrel, Buttercup oxalis, Cape sorrel, English weed, Goat's-foot, Sourgrass, Soursob and Soursop; (Afrikaans: Suring) [1]) is a species of tristylous flowering plant in the wood sorrel family Oxalidaceae. Oxalis cernua is a less common synonym for this species.

Positive dmj1218 On Nov 2, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Native to Bolivia and Chile; honey-scented, buttercup yellow flowers; zones 7-10. Like most Oxalis it is winter-growing and needs sun to open flowers; very suitable for containers. Oxalis is another plant addiction--you will know you have it when you see one plant bloom and then just have to have more!

Positive KMAC On May 15, 2004, KMAC from Co. Cork
Ireland (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bulbous perennial, the leaves appear in spring only to die down quickly and come back again in late summer at the same time it has bright yellow flowers.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Redwood City, California
Vacaville, California
Houston, Texas

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