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Care of the plant Oxalis flava or Yellow sorrel.

Care of the plant Oxalis flava or Yellow sorrel

The genus Oxalis, family Oxalidaceae, comprises 600 species of herbaceous plants native to temperate and warm regions of almost all continents. Some species are: Oxalis flava, Oxalis corniculata, Oxalis bowiei, Oxalis articulata, Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalis triangularis, Oxalis purpurea, Oxalis acetosella, Oxalis gigantea, Oxalis rosea.

Common names: Yellow sorrel, Narrow finger-leaved Cape Wood-sorrel, Yellow Wood Sorrel, Yellow Oxalis, Soursob. This species is native to southern Cape, South Africa.

They are small herbaceous plants with a short, creeping stem with oval bulbs. The leaves are palmate, greyish green in color, fleshy and bent at the central axis and ending in a point. The attractive flowers can be yellow, white, pink, lilac, or purple.

They are used in pots, on rockeries and on dry slopes.

Oxalis flava grows in full sun or light shade exposures and in hot climates. They do not resist temperatures below 5 ºC (41 ºF).

They prefer sandy soils with a little organic matter, for which a commercial preparation for cacti and succulents or a well-drained loam substrate can be used.

Water moderately, waiting until the substrate has completely dried.

Fertilize with mineral cactus fertilizer (or low nitrogen) once in spring and again in summer.

They do not need pruning but their expansion must be monitored so that they do not become invasive.

They are quite resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring; They can be obtained from the fruits in capsule form.

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Oxalis flava
Oxalis flava
Oxalis flava