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Oxalis enneaphylla
  • RHS AGM

scurvy grass

O. enneaphylla is a rhizomatous perennial forming a low mat to 20cm in width, with slightly fleshy leaves composed of about 9 leaflets. Funnel-shaped fragrant rosy-pink flowers 2.5cm in width are borne just above the foliage in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink Green Grey Silver
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Oxalidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Oxalis can be annuals or perennials, with fibrous, bulbous or rhizomatous rootstocks, palmately divided leaves and funnel-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that mostly close in dull weather and at night

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S America, Falkland Islands

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well full sun in any moderately fertile, well-drained, humus-rich soil. Suitable for rock garden, raised bed, trough or alpine house

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown with moderate heat in late winter or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Garden edging
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to a rust

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