Grand Duchess Sorrel
Also known as
Purple Woodsorrel, Large-Flower Oxalis, Large-Flower Wood-Sorrel, Large-Leaf Wood-Sorrel, Variable Wood-Sorrel
5 years to reach maturity
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Grand Duchess Sorrel Overview
Oxalis purpurea is also known commonly as purple woodsorrel, it is a bulbous perennial species in the wood sorrel family, Oxalidaceae. Native to Southern Africa, this species is now widely found across Europe after garden introductions and it is now naturalised across Europe in temperate climates. This species produces pretty funnel-shaped, pink-purple or white-cream flowers with yellow throats and 5 overlapping petals. These measure between 3-5cm wide and appear from autumn and winter. Typically this species doesn't exceed 7cm in height, growing directly from an underground bulb. Green leaves are palmately divided into three leaflets, which are arranged at the end of stems. Leaves are three-sided and heart to triangular in shape, characteristic of the Oxalis genus. Foliage is also covered in silky, white hairs.
How to propagate Grand Duchess Sorrel
Bulbs and bulbils may be harvested once plants are dormant, this is indicated by fading, yellowing foliage, generally in late summer-autumn (UK). Keep dry whilst storing and plant out next spring.
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Other uses of Grand Duchess Sorrel
Grown for their colourful flowers (which in bud are rolled like an umbrella), and their often attractive leaves.