Oxalis recommendations?

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:54:06 PST
I have grown Oxalis 'Ken Aslet' for many years in the bulb frame, 
where it does flower freely. I let it dry out quite a lot in summer, 
and it pops up in fall like most of the other bulbs. I also have it 
in the open garden but I think the buds are damaged by cold and rain 
there. Still, the foliage is decorative and it is not an invasive plant.

Some years ago I bought different color forms of O. obtusa from Telos 
Rare Bulbs. Only one color survived, so it must be more cold-hardy 
than the others. It is a yellowish pink ("peach") and has infested 
the plunge medium in the bulb frame pretty widely. It also turns up 
in the open garden, where the weather keeps it severely checked -- it 
barely spreads there. Although it obviously has invasive potential 
were the climate here a bit warmer, it is so lovely with its tiny 
gray leaves and huge flowers that I enjoy it. It is too short to 
swamp nearby plants.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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