Trading weeds-Oxalis

Rimmer de Vries oldtulips@gmail.com
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:42:33 PST
Can some one compile a list of which Oxalis are invasive weeds and which ones make good well behaved plants?

Rimmer
In SE Michigan

On Feb 7, 2013, at 5:26 AM, steven hart <hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com> wrote:

> Great analogy Mike !!!
> Some Oxalis can be darn hard to keep growing, ive always wanted a little
> New Zealand Yam patch but I really struggle to keep them for more than a
> season, perhaps its too hot for them here in Queensland.. But I would love
> to bring those sweet little tubers to the table Yum Yum !!!
> Steven
> 
> On 7 February 2013 18:12, Michael Mace <michaelcmace@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Jim wrote:
>> 
>>> I just would never recommend them to a mid western garden greenhouse
>> 
>> Fair enough, but since there are many people on the list who don't
>> necessarily have much experience with Oxalis, I'd like to add my two cents:
>> I think the genus is far too diverse to make a blanket statement about its
>> invasiveness.  There are probably hundreds of Oxalis species.  Some are
>> notorious weeds.  Some are so picky that they're almost impossible to grow
>> in captivity.  Most are somewhere in between.
>> 
>> I live in a climate where Oxalis ought to be invasive, but most of the ones
>> I grow won't persist in the ground and don't set seed.  You just need to
>> know which species you're dealing with.
>> 
>> There are some species of Gladiolus that produce hundreds of rice grain
>> offsets plus windblown seeds, and are therefore very likely to spread
>> around
>> in pots.  But I wouldn't avoid the whole genus for that reason.
>> 
>> Hope that doesn't sound like abuse, Jim.  It's not meant that way.
>> 
>> Mike
>> San Jose, CA
>> 
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