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PlantFiles: Oxalis, Candycane Sorrel
Oxalis versicolor

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

29 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral realtor21 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.

Neutral turektaylor 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.

Positive dmj1218 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.

Positive bootandall 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.


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

Crescent City, California
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas

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