What is Candycane Sorrel?


Candycane sorrel, Oxalis versicolor, is a member of the Oxalis family. It is a fairly new plant that features small blooms that look like red and white candy canes. The blooms seem to closely resemble the Calla lily. The flowers are basically white with swirls of red going around them.

"Candycane Sorrel

Candycane Sorrel

Planting Candycane Sorrel

They are in high demand and seem to be offered for purchase in the fall by Breck’s. The blooms are very showy and open up quickly in the sun. They naturalize easily and can also be used in rock gardens, or as a ground cover.

The foliage is a nice evergreen color that holds up blooms that appear anywhere from early spring to late summer. The time of flowering will depend on the weather conditions in your local area.

Growing Candycane Sorrel

Candycane sorrel starts as a bulb and grows best in warmer zones, from zones 7-9. The plant will grow in height from between 6 to 12 inches in full sun. They will grow in partial shade or partial sun but may not do as well as if in full sun.

"Candycane Sorrel foliage"

Unusual foliage of the candycane sorrel

Space the sorrel about 9 to 12 inches apart so that it has enough room to spread out and grow to maturity. This plant will also do well in container plantings and can be easily moved around outdoors so that it will receive enough sunlight.

Water this plant as needed. As with most plants, try not to over water them. Overwatering is the number one cause of plants dying. Remember, it is always better to underwater a plant.

"Candycane Sorrels"

Looks like a peppermint candy cane!

Propagation of Candycane Sorrel

Propagation of this plant is done by division. The rhizomes and tubers, as well as small corms can be divided.

This is a very unique plant that will surely liven up any room or landscape. Some gardeners have not had a lot of luck with growing this particular variety. The conditions that are needed for this plant to grow should be followed. Candycane sorrel seems to do well in the southern parts of the country. The blooms are so striking that they are certainly worth trying to grow. Imagine, growing living candy canes.

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