Candy cane oxalis bulbs

Candy Cane Sorrel (10 seeds)

Detailed Description

Oxalis Grand Duchess Versicolor – the Candy Cane Shamorck A diminutive member of the oxalis family, Grand Duchess versicolor is sometime referred to as the “Candy Cane” plant and one glance at the flower buds explains why. With ruby undersides to the petals, unfurled buds exhibit an appealing red and white swirled pattern. This makes the unopened blooms as pretty as the mature ones. Buds twist open in the same spiral fashion that makes morning glories so fun. An award-winning candidate for borders and pots.

Common Name: Candy Cane Oxalis
Botanical Name: Oxalis purpurea Grand Duchess versicolor
Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Hardiness: Zones 8-10
Height: 6-10″
Color: Snowy white flowers with brilliant red trim
Bloom Season: 8-10 weeks from planting
Bulb/Plant Size: 4/5 cm
Number: 10 seeds


As soon as possible after receiving the Oxalis Versicolor seeds they can be planted in the garden or in a patio pot or window-box. Both the planting depth and the planting distance of this garden sorrel are approximately 3 cm. Make small holes, loosen the soil well and plant the seeds with the point facing upwards, although they will grow from any position. Plant the seeds of Oxalis Versicolor one by one with a small trowel. For larger areas, make a larger planting hole to accommodate several seeds. Refill the planting hole with soil and water immediately. After about 6 weeks you should begin to see foliage forming, with the flowers following 2 weeks later. This garden sorrel grows best in fertile, well-drained soil in a spot in full sun or partial shade.

Oxalis Versicolor in the garden

The sensational flowers of this garden sorrel deserve a prime spot in the garden. Try this superb and curious plant that is very easy to grow! A shallow dish, a window-box or a low flower pot are ideal for the Oxalis Versicolor. Make sure the pot has adequate drainage. This small, low plant also looks great between the rocks of a rock garden or along the edge of a sunny garden border. The narrow fresh green leaves stand in neat little clumps.


The small bulbs of Oxalis Versicolor can remain in the same spot for years. Keep the soil rather dry in the early summer until the plant starts growing, it can then be watered more regularly. For a healthy growth, during the flowering period we recommend adding a fertilizer regularly when watering. This will ensure a rich flowering for the following year. After flowering, leave the foliage to die down naturally and cut back when it has turned yellow. Leaving the foliage on the plant until then, allows them to take in the sunlight which provides nourishment for the following years flowering. The little bulbs of Oxalis Versicolor are frost-sensitive. That’s why they need protecting during the winter with a layer of straw or fallen leaves. They cannot tolerate soil that is too wet especially in winter.


The funnel-shaped flowers of Oxalis Versicolor are truly enchanting. The white flowers edged in red are sensational when open or closed. Every white flower petal is decorated with a raspberry red margin. On the inside, the flower petals are completely white, the small heart is yellow. The Oxalis Versicolor flowers from July until October, giving you months of enjoyment of this unique garden sorrel.

Oxalis Species, Candycane Sorrel, Shamrock, Wood Sorrel


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown – Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown – Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Crescent City, California

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Houston, Texas


Today I am so happy to have Beth from Living Life Intentionally doing a guest post. Beth is a mom of 3 and an extrodinary blogger. I am amazed at how she manages to do so many things on her blog, and do them well. Whether you are looking for kid activities, homeschool help, printables, recipes, reviews and more, you will find it on Beth’s blog. Go see for yourself!

The original idea for this super cute activity came from the very creative Wonder’s Days. We don’t have an Elf on a Shelf so I tweaked it to fit my family. I made seed packets, complete with instructions for the activity. My kiddos got one of these packages for our first advent activity. I also gave some away as gifts to my niece, nephew, neighborhood friends, and Minnie’s BFF. They were such a great gift because they were are fun, creative, and inexpensive to make!!

Here is what you need: fake snow, glitter/confetti, round peppermint candy, candy cane, small bags, and MY {FREE} Printable to attach

Follow the directions on the free printable and you will end up with this: 1 bag of North Pole Potting Snow (fake snow), 1 bag of North Pole Fertilizer (glitter/confetti), 1 wrapped present for Mom from Santa (this is then candy cane with directions to swap out the round peppermint ‘seed’ with candy cane), and Magical Peppermint Seed Packet (round peppermint in seed packet with instructions for planting).

The recipient of the present will pick a pot, container, bowl, or whatever to plant in.

Put the North Pole Potting Snow in the pot.

Read the directions on the seed container & plant the seed in the potting snow.

Apply North Pole Fertilizer

and wait….magically (with Mom’s help) overnight the seed will grow into a candy cane!

Pretty cool, huh?! My kids though it was amazing! They are planning to try and leave the candy cane in the the ‘soil’ to see if it gets any bigger =-) I reminded them that plants only grow a certain height and then then they stop; but it doesn’t hurt to experiment!!
How cute was that? My kids would get such a kick out of this! Thanks so much Beth! Here are some of my favorite posts from Living Life Intentionally.
Homemade Candied Nuts
Homemade Taco Pizza
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party


Growing Candy Cane Oxalis Bulbs: Caring For Candy Cane Oxalis Flowers

If you’re looking for a new type of spring flower, consider planting the candy cane oxalis plant. A sub-shrub, growing candy cane sorrel is an option for adding something new and different in the early spring garden, or even in containers.

Candy cane oxalis plants are botanically called Oxalis versicolor, meaning changing color. Candy cane oxalis flowers are red and white, hence the name. In early spring, trumpet shaped blooms appear, even on young plants. Gardeners in some areas may find blooms on the plant in late winter.

Flowers of the candy cane oxalis plant appear white once the trumpets have opened, as the red stripe is on 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. Attractive, clover-like foliage persists even when the small shrub is not in bloom.

Growing Candy Cane Sorrel

Growing candy cane sorrel is simple. Candy cane oxalis flowers are native to capes of South Africa. This attractive member of the Oxalis family is sometimes forced in greenhouses for ornamental, holiday blooms. When growing candy cane sorrel 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.

As with most members of the ornamental Oxalis family, the candy cane oxalis plant goes dormant in summer and begins a period of regrowth in fall. Info about candy cane oxalis plant says it is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 7-9, though it can grow as an annual in lower zones. Candy cane sorrel bulbs (rhizomes) can be planted at any time the ground is not frozen.

Caring for Candy Cane Oxalis

Growing candy cane sorrel is a simple process. Once candy cane sorrel bulbs are established, occasional watering and fertilization is all that is required when caring for candy cane oxalis.

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.

Scientific Name

Oxalis versicolor L.

Common Names

Candy Cane Sorrel, Candy Cane Oxalis, Peppermint Rock Oxalis


Oxalis versicolor var. versicolor

Scientific Classification

Family: Oxalidaceae
Genus: Oxalis


Color: White and red
Bloom Time: Summer


Oxalis versicolor is a fully hardy perennial, evergreen subshrub, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The leaves are clover-like and green in color. The red and white spiral shaped flowers appear in summer.

How to Grow and Care

Oxalis can be grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in the garden. They from the garden center are generally available in the fall or early spring. Oxalis need bright indirect light to grow well and produce flowers. They can often bloom all winter if kept in a sunny spot. Keep the soil of an Oxalis barely moist but never soggy; allow the top 2 inches (5 cm) of soil to dry out before watering. It’s best to water an Oxalis from the bottom so that the thin fragile stems of the plant don’t get waterlogged and the soil stays loose. Oxalis grows best in cool temperatures between 60ºF to 70ºF (15ºC to 21ºC) during the day and 55ºF to 65ºF (13ºC to 18ºC) at night. The soil for an Oxalis should be loose and sandy rather than rich and organic. Feed an Oxalis monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a basic houseplant food at ½ the recommended strength. Never feed an Oxalis when it is dormant and the bulbs are resting.

The Oxalis doesn’t need a big container as it’s rather dense and compact for its size. The original potting will be easy and repotting after that won’t have to be done too much after unless you want to change up the pot for looks… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Oxalis.


Native to South Africa.


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