Oxalis bowiei

South African Red Wood Sorrel

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Item #: 9806

Zones: 7b to 10b, at least


Height: 10" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: South Africa

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

This South African wood sorrel makes a fabulous garden plant for us. Hailing from South Africa's Eastern Cape province, Oxalis bowiei emerges from dormancy in fall and almost immediately starts to flower (late October in NC) with 10" tall stalks of rich cherry-pink flowers. The large, glossy-green, shamrock-like leaves serve as a nice foil for the flowers. Flowering continues for a couple of months...longer if winter weather cooperates. The foliage finally goes dormant in late spring and rests until fall arrives. Oxalis bowiei is a clumping species that doesn't spread underground or seed in our climate.