Oxalis in bloom

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sat, 05 Apr 2003 17:05:06 PST
Dear Paul,

These flowers actually come in threes. That one Bob took a picture of was 
the first one open. Here is another picture of some that appeared in 
another pot showing the stem of three:
I had to wait for a sunny to day to measure them for you. The flowering 
stem is about 11-12 cms. (4-4½") tall so it is much shorter than O. bowiei. 
The flowers are about 3½ cm. (1½") in diameter when fully open or at least 
the ones I measured were from the tip of one of the petals to the one on 
the oppositie side.

The leaves are very shiny and the flowers a pretty color. I wish I could 
share some with you. I placed it next to a Oxalis bowiei with the yellowing 
leaves and you can see the leaves really do look alike. I think the storage 
organ is different too.

One of the joys of Oxalis is the long period of bloom with different 
species starting in fall. I too am happy I got introduced to them.

One that started blooming in October and is still blooming now in April I'd 
like help in identifying. My tag says BX? Since I am sure I'll have extras 
to share I'd love to figure out what they are. When they first came out 
they didn't seem very happy in the sun so I moved them to part shade and 
they have been blooming ever since. White to pale pink in color. This is 
two pots together but I planted quite a few in each pot and they are 
hanging over the edge.


Can any of you Oxalis fans tell me what species this is?

Mary Sue 

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