Matt Mattus mmattus@charter.net
Sun, 16 Jan 2005 10:30:45 PST
My Oxalis herrerae looks quite different depending on the season at which
you view it. 

In the winter, it is kept in a cool, dry greenhouse, and the plant becomes
very succulent, and even semi-dormant. It almost appears to lose most of the
foliage yet actually they just reduce in size and become more succulent,
with the petiole swelling with water, which look strage, very much like
samll woody shrubs with tiny pickles. Very interesting.

During the spring, as the house warms up and watering resumes, the entire
character of the plant changes. The new growth becomes very oxalis-like,
green with reddish tints, and the foliage becomes more like most other


Matt Mattus
Zone 5b, Snowing today.

On 1/15/05 9:31 PM, "Alberto Castillo" <ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi John.
> The image is of O. succulenta that can grow into huge specimens. Time ago
> someone sent an image of O. herrerae to pbs under the wrong name O. herrei.
> O. herrerae has a distinct "bulb" and is frost sensitive. In fact frost
> killed the tenths of plants  I had in many pots.
> Regards
> Alberto in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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