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Oxalis latifolia Photo: Erle Nickel

Oxalis species are very easy to care for. When planning where to plant a particular genus, there are two important factors to consider—whether it is a summer- or winter-dormant type, and whether the plant requires sun or shade.

During their normal growing season Oxalis require light, regular watering; plant in fertile, well-drained soil to protect bulbs from rot.

Oxalis spiralis vulcanicola Photo: Annie's Annuals & Perennials

Most commonly available oxalis varieties are low growing, and most effectively used as a ground cover where their tough constitution can be useful for difficult situations. Oxalis oregana can endure deep shade and compete with tree roots. The sun loving varieties can provide a very attractive green carpet, either alone or as an understory planting. Varieties of O. spiralis make surprisingly effective spillers for a feature container, providing splashes of gold, orange, or burgundy. While certain of the unique species like O. hirta, O. squamata, or O. carnosa, are show...

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