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Oxalis 'Ione Hecker' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Alpine/Rockery

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

wood sorrel 'Ione Hecker'

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

'Ione Hecker' is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial to 8cm in height, with blue-grey, divided leaves and funnel-shaped, dark-veined, purple-violet flowers 3cm across

Synonym(s)

  • Oxalis enneaphylla 'Ione Hecker'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained in full sun. Can also be grown in a container in an alpine house

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline, Neutral or Acid
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring; small sections of the rhizomes root readily with bottom heat

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Damage by slugs and snails may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a rust