Oxalis adenophylla

Family: Oxalidaceae

Flower color: pink

Flowering period: June – July

Average plant height: 3 inches

Planting depth to base of bulb: 4 inches

Spacing between bulbs: 4 inches

Type of bulb: tuber

Light requirements: full sun to partial shade

Landscape uses: borders and rock gardens

Among members of this genus, some species are winter hardy and should be planted in the fall, while others should be planted in the spring due to their susceptibility to frost damage. Oxalis deppei (Good Luck plant) is an example of the group that flowers naturally in the summer.

Oxalis adenophylla originally comes from Chile and Argentina where it grows at fairly high elevations in the mountains. This explains its winter hardiness. If its soil is well drained, this little plant with its peculiarly shaped tubers will have no trouble naturalizing. They also make lovely pot plants. The flowers are not the only attractive part of the plant; its finely incised greenish-gray leaves only add to Oxalis adenophylla’s beauty.