Also Known as Oxalis tetraphylla speciosa. The "Iron Cross Oxalis" sports wide maroon zones on the felty leaves held aloft on quite long petioles--situate so that winds will not break these long stems; lovely rose-pink flowers easily produced with good sun, well drained soil and organic fertilizer. Remember that the petioles are quite long even in full sun conditions. Called "Lucky Clover" for the four part triangular leaflets. Expect to be completely dormant during the bulk of the winter--we find that they winter best left in the same pot and soil they were growing in, dividing them or not just as they start to emerge late winter to early spring. Very dramatic in summertime urns and windowboxes. We prefer to send mossed bublets without foliage, as the petiole stems nearly always break in shipment, requiring the foliage to resprout anew.
|Cultural Code||HP CGH|
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×