|Common Name:||Candy Cane Oxalis|
|Botanical Name:||Oxalis purpurea Grand Duchess versicolor|
|Exposure:||Full sun to light shade|
|Color:||Snowy white flowers with brilliant red trim|
|Bloom Season:||8-10 weeks from planting|
|Bulb/Plant Size:||4/5 cm|
As soon as possible after receiving the Oxalis Versicolor seeds they can be planted in the garden or in a patio pot or window-box. Both the planting depth and the planting distance of this garden sorrel are approximately 3 cm. Make small holes, loosen the soil well and plant the seeds with the point facing upwards, although they will grow from any position. Plant the seeds of Oxalis Versicolor one by one with a small trowel. For larger areas, make a larger planting hole to accommodate several seeds. Refill the planting hole with soil and water immediately. After about 6 weeks you should begin to see foliage forming, with the flowers following 2 weeks later. This garden sorrel grows best in fertile, well-drained soil in a spot in full sun or partial shade.Oxalis Versicolor in the garden
The sensational flowers of this garden sorrel deserve a prime spot in the garden. Try this superb and curious plant that is very easy to grow! A shallow dish, a window-box or a low flower pot are ideal for the Oxalis Versicolor. Make sure the pot has adequate drainage. This small, low plant also looks great between the rocks of a rock garden or along the edge of a sunny garden border. The narrow fresh green leaves stand in neat little clumps.
The small bulbs of Oxalis Versicolor can remain in the same spot for years. Keep the soil rather dry in the early summer until the plant starts growing, it can then be watered more regularly. For a healthy growth, during the flowering period we recommend adding a fertilizer regularly when watering. This will ensure a rich flowering for the following year. After flowering, leave the foliage to die down naturally and cut back when it has turned yellow. Leaving the foliage on the plant until then, allows them to take in the sunlight which provides nourishment for the following years flowering. The little bulbs of Oxalis Versicolor are frost-sensitive. That’s why they need protecting during the winter with a layer of straw or fallen leaves. They cannot tolerate soil that is too wet especially in winter.
The funnel-shaped flowers of Oxalis Versicolor are truly enchanting. The white flowers edged in red are sensational when open or closed. Every white flower petal is decorated with a raspberry red margin. On the inside, the flower petals are completely white, the small heart is yellow. The Oxalis Versicolor flowers from July until October, giving you months of enjoyment of this unique garden sorrel.