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Oxalis gigantea 4" pot

Giant Sorrel.  Always on the lookout for the most bizarre plants, I just had to have this succulent Oxalis!  It has typical clover-shaped leaves and large, rather succulent yellow flower, but instead of hugging the ground like most of its relations, this monster grows into a good sized shrub!  Thick stems with peeling, cinnamon colored bark spiral upwards six feet or more!  I have never noticed it self sowing, either, so it should stay where it is put.  Added to all of these intriguing characteristics, it blooms almost all year.  Definitely a good choice for any collector of unusual plants, your friends might have a hard time believing that this a close South American relative of the common weed that plagues gardeners everywhere.  In Chile where it is native, it is pollinated by hummingbirds, so I'm sure that they would appreciate the opportunity to sample Oxalis gigantea in other parts of the world also.

(Oxalidaceae) 

Light: Full sun, part shade.  Will get more leggy with less sun.

Water: Moderate.  Less water in winter.

Soil: Very well-drained.

Fertilizer: All-purpose.

Hardiness:  Zone 11. 




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