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'Orrible Oxalis-or so you think

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    Default 'Orrible Oxalis-or so you think

    Right, so in my time away from the forum, I have been building new collections. The latest and fastest growing, is Oxalis.

    I have 26 odd species (maybe more...), and I confess...I LOVE Oxalis

    Boy, I never thought I'd ever say that!

    Anyway, what annoys me most about Oxalis, is the stigma most gardeners have about it (by most, I mean ALL, nearly).
    "Eww it's a weed!"
    "Oh no! You'll never get rid of it, why are you growing that beastly plant in a pot?!"

    I start with this: There are 900 or so species, and the vast majority of them make excellent ornamentals. However, it seems only a small few (in NZ's case, I think 5 or 6 species) have tarnished the entire Oxalis genus with the same brush. They are delightful little plants, and provide colour when the winter days are short and cold.

    With these photos, I've started with flowers, paired with photos of the plant, then just plants, as most of the collection refused to flower this year. Poos.

    I hope you enjoy!

    Oxalis engleriana
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    Oxalis perdicaria (syn O. lobata)
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    Oxalis caprina (can be weedy)
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    Oxalis melanosticta
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    Oxalis peduncularis (A South American one, rather unusual)
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    Oxalis namaquana
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    Oxalis versicolor 'BC' (A very popular species)
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    Labeled Oxalis compressa 'Double'
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    Oxalis flava var. lupinifolia
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    Oxalis purpurea alba (a non-stop bloomer, very well behaved)
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    Oxalis massoniana
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    Oxalis obtusa 'Apricot'
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    Oxalis polyphylla var pentophylla
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    Unidentified-possible Oxalis herrerae
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    Oxalis palmifrons (A favorite, for foliage, very shy flowerer)
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    Oxalis collected from Hamilton Botanic Gardens, labelled 'Oxalis aff. vulcanicola". Since ID'd as Oxalis siliquosa
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    Oxalis dregei
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    Awesome collection Jordan I like the different color so cool wish I can grow here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    Awesome collection Jordan I like the different color so cool wish I can grow here.
    I wouldn't think, Zain, that it'd be too difficult...just gotta keep them on the dry side is all The bulk of them are South African, with several South American species hailing mostly from the Atacama region, and one indigenous to my own country, as well as South America, Australia and parts of SE Asia, Oxalis magellanica

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