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Oxalis enneaphylla AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb or Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

scurvy grass

Family

Oxalidaceae


Oxalis can be annuals or perennials, with fibrous, bulbous or rhizomatous rootstocks, palmately divided leaves and funnel-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that mostly close in dull weather and at night

O. enneaphylla is a rhizomatous perennial forming a low mat to 20cm in width, with slightly fleshy leaves composed of about 9 leaflets. Funnel-shaped fragrant rosy-pink flowers 2.5cm in width are borne just above the foliage in late spring and early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in any moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Suitable for rock garden, raised bed, trough or alpine house

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown with moderate heat in late winter or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a rust