Oxalis palmifrons

Oxalis palmifrons

There are around 700 to 800 species of oxalis. No not all of them are weeds. They are most found in South Africa.  The 3 that we keep begin to emerge in autumn and are done and dusted by the time summer comes along. They need a sunny spot in well drained soil.

Oxalis palmifrons

Oxalis palmifrons

Description and Distribution:
This species is from the Western Karoo of South Africa with interesting leaves. It can be difficult to get to flower but be patient. The slowly spreading patch of ground-hugging rosettes spreading to about 30-40cm over a number of years. Each symmetrical rosette is composed of glaucous-green, three dimensional, miniature palm-like leaves. Oxalis palmifrons is a winter grower which doesn’t emerge until late autumn when it is topped with stalks of light pink flowers held just above the foliage. It remains evergreen all winter, finally going dormant when the heat of summer arrives.

Availability:
Currently display only

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January 23, 2018