Oxalis Species, Pink Wood Sorrel, Strawberry Oxalis 'Rosea'

Oxalis articulata subsp. articulata

Family: Oxalidaceae
Genus: Oxalis (oks-AL-iss) (Info)
Species: articulata subsp. articulata
Cultivar: Rosea



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Light Green


under 6 in. (15 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Under 1"

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Diego, California

Simi Valley, California

Brownsburg, Indiana

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Fort Gratiot, Michigan

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Greensboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Nashville, Tennessee

Irving, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Temple, Texas

Blacksburg, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 7, 2020, myclayjar from Denison, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I inherited this neat plant growing in our yard when we moved here to North Texas. It us a lovely little clump of green with pink flowers when it blooms. It stays green all year but is effected by heat & cold. It apparently is spread by seeds because Ive found it in some of my pots. Once I figure out how to capture the seeds Ill have them for exchange. I have successfully divided the clumps & moved them to various light sun/shade spots in our beds. Im hoping they're not invasive but would welcome them for my yard is a huge & drab right now. Im still learning about them.


On May 3, 2016, 175trd from Brownsburg, IN wrote:

I planted this lovely plant last fall and it is not coming back up this year. Any suggestions.


On Apr 4, 2013, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have battled the spreading white oxalis for years. A friend offered me this and I refused it, even though she insisted it was well-behaved. I watched it in her garden for several years and finally took a start. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this plant. It forms a thick clump that is almost perfectly rounded and flowers all summer. In my area, it dies back some in harsher winters, but is mostly evergreen. I have since repeated this plant in various parts of my garden.


On Oct 8, 2012, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Commonly called "strawberry oxalis" or "pink-sorrel". There are many species of pink wood sorrel.

A beautiful plant that produces an abundance of clear pink flowers in shade continuously from early summer till frost! There are forms in a range of colors from white through pale pink to mid-pink. In the southeastern US, this is a common pass-along plant.

In many hot-summer climates, it goes summer dormant, re-growing its leaves and flowering when the cooler weather of fall arrives. In Boston, it continues in leaf and flower from spring to frost. The attractive foliage resists light frosts and is only reluctantly deciduous here. In milder climates, it can be evergreen.

I find it's tough and adaptable. I have not found it to be either aggressive or... read more


On May 29, 2011, suguy from Simi Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

By far the easiest and most hardy of any Oxalis I grow.
Out in the garden it comes into its glory in March and goes strong until early May.
In pots it keeps going into early Summer.

The plant has a natural low-dome shape that fits in nicely in the garden.

This particular Oxalis doesn't grow from bulbs -- but has huge, woody underground rhizomes that propagate easily.

I haven't had any issues with it "escaping" and making a nuisance of itself. My beds are on the dry side.
But I have seen it spread itself around in a client's garden -- but fortunately he likes it.

Always have some of these to trade.