Candy Cane | Oxalis Versicolor
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Fancy a new look in the garden beds or perhaps within your porch/patio containers? Have we got something for you! Check out these Candy Cane “oxalis versicolor”. Having stunning two-tone blossoms they make for a fun, unique and visually beyond belief addition to any garden setting from container gardening, as an accent/companion plant or as a border planting or rock garden.
Botanically they are named oxalis versicolor, which means of changing color. Candy cane oxalis versicolor flowers are red and white, as is a candy cane. In early spring these trumpet shaped blooms erupt in a profusion of color and display.
Flowers of the candy cane oxalis versicolor are white in appearance once the blossoms have opened and a red stripe cascades along the bottom of the petal. Buds of the candy cane oxalis often close at night and in cool weather to again reveal the candy cane stripes. Gardeners in some areas may find blooms on the plant in late winter. Attractive, clover-like foliage remains even when not in bloom. When growing candy cane outside in the garden, the plant will exhibit blooms through most of the spring and sometimes into summer, depending on the location where it grows.
Once candy cane sorrel bulbs are established, occasional watering and fertilization is all that is required when caring for Candy Cane Oxalis versicolor. You may remove dying foliage when the plant dies back for the sake of appearance, but it will wither on its own. Don’t despair that the candy cane oxalis plant is dying; it is just regenerating and will once again reappear in the garden. it is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 9 (so it is borderline for our climatic growing area and is usually treated as an annual).
Before using up all your Oxalis versicolor in patio containers and the garden, consider potting up a few for indoors. They make great pot plants for sunny windowsills, conservatories and, of course, greenhouses. Oxalis can be grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in the garden. During the winter time you can bring containers indoors to enjoy your candy cane oxalis flowers all holiday season. Oxalis need bright indirect light to grow well and produce flowers. They can often bloom all winter if kept in a sunny spot.