Oxalis, Candycane Sorrel

Oxalis versicolor

Family: Oxalidaceae
Genus: Oxalis (oks-AL-iss) (Info)
Species: versicolor (VER-suh-kuh-lor) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Crescent City, California

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 28, 2010, realtor21 from Minden, NE wrote:

I haven't ordered these plants yet. I am hesitate about it. I live in Nebraska. These plants look similar to the calla lily. I have dug them but, however, they would not bloom the next year. I have mulched them, most rotted, however a few have emerged, but they better hurry and grow. I would like more input about digging them up prior to frost and planting again the the spring. I love to try different flowers, but hate to throw money away.


On Mar 29, 2010, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

i bought these twice from Brent and Becky's bulbs and they aren't cheap. NEITHER time have they emerged, so i'm really bummed about the money lost and disappointed in B&B bulbs. i also gave a few to my friend who's an avid gardener and they didn't come up for her either, so i know it wasn't just me.

i'd like to know where others have purchased them, so i can try 1 more time from a different seller.


On Nov 29, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A very easy to grow Cape species and widely available. Despite that fact, I've managed to almost kill mine on several occasions. Never forget to look on the undersides of the blooms--they are as cute as the side view.


On Aug 4, 2004, bootandall from Blenheim
New Zealand wrote:

a cute little plant for the rock garden or container and flowers just after mid winter.