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Oxalis and Lachenalias


Some of the bulbs like Lachenalias and Ferraria etc require special growing conditions and will not tolerate frost, keep them on the dry side and leave under your eaves or indoors.  They are generally winter rainfall South African plants so they can be watered from June onwards or wait if you are in colder areas, then they will reward you with masses of spring blooms.  

“Collectors love Oxalis but no one else wants to hear about them,” says Bill, a member of the Pacific Bulb Society. “They flower prolifically for months on end, come in every colour, are easy to grow, and the majority aren’t rambling or weedy. I always advise people to put them in a pot and then you won’t lose track of them – and you’ll probably feel better about having them contained.


“Oxalis really would be one of my top recommendations when it comes to bulbs.”

Bill is keen on Lachenalias, especially those with interesting foliage – the raised spots of L. pustulata or the types with spotted leaves. He’s trying to add purple spotting to the leaves of L. viridiflora, which blooms with turquoise-coloured flowers in early winter.

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