Oxalis

The Automatic Garden always provides new plants, just not where I necessarily want them.  I found these Purple Oxalis Triangularis growing in the lawn that had somehow survived many mowings.

The closest Purple Oxalis is growing in pots on the back porch.  It is yet another plant mystery of how they ended up quite far from the pots.

I transplanted the newly found Oxalis to the colony that I started in the wooded area.  They don’t look so happy now, but the Purple Oxalis bloomed nicely in the early spring.  I have the plants protected by broken pots and bricks, as an armadillo has been plowing them up.  When the roots get a good grip or the armadillo moves, I’ll remove the barriers.


15 Comments on “Oxalis”

  1. Good luck on the armadillo moving.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    They have a naughty way of getting around.

  3. Deb says:

    Thanks to our Rottie ,I no longer have armadillos wrecking the flowerbed or yard. I’ve wondered myself how those Oxalis spread ,for I started out with three little bulbs now they are growing in the small flowerbed in a nice size group,and in the big flowerbed which isn’t even connected to the small one.

  4. It seems we all have our local varments that ravage our yards from time to time. On Monday evening I bought 3 nice gaura plants because the price was so reasonable. I took the time at Lowes to look up on my phone to check if deer eat them. They said not. Went home, planted them. 24 hours later when going out to walk the dog, they were eaten and pulled out of the holes, missing the majority of their roots. So, off to the back yard they went, where maybe they will still survive. I’ve never had to deal with an armadillo in my garden, and I guess I should be grateful for that. We keep trying and some days, we win, and some days, they do.

    • Unfortunately, the deer do not read the literature. I have deer in the front yard and find they will “taste” and pull up plants. I have three camellias in a row and the deer kept tasting the first one, but never moved on to the rest. I love animals, but sometimes it is a battle.

  5. shoreacres says:

    Ah, armadillos. They’re Texas icons, but they sure can be a problem. Those purple oxalis are lovely. I suppose I’ve seen them, but I don’t remember it. I usually come across the native pink and yellow ones.

    • The purple are from the store and are usually grown as houseplants, as they are really good at flowering. They don’t naturalize like the others that we gardeners consider weeds. It is a bit of a challenge I gave myself to get the colonies going in my woods.

  6. gaiainaction says:

    These Oxalis are very nice and grow fast. One year I had them but cannot remember what happened to them. I have a pink flowering type and a yellow one. They seem hardly plants alright.

  7. Armadilloes, don’t you love them. They have pushed up all the landscape fabric I put under my walkways. Not sure what to do there. I have the same Oxalis, no idea where it came from and I find it around as well. Maybe the armadilloes move it.?

  8. Trying to think if I have ever come across these. They look familiar, but I’m not sure. By the way, in the middle of my hosta this summer: a tall orange filed lily. How did it get there? Birds? Did a seed fall and germinate among the hosta?

    • The purple oxalis are sold as house plants, so you have probably seen them. You may have the wild green leaf ones with pinkish flowers. They grow in northern US. This wonderful world has devised many ways for seeds to get around, including animals. The lily could have even been a squirrel. I have trees coming up everywhere from squirrels burying acorns and grapevines from raccoons expelling grapes.


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