Invasive Oxalis? Or, is all Wood Sorrel evil?

fmogul(z6-7 NY)November 22, 2006

I bought and need to plant 50 oxalis adenophylla. Before getting it, I did a search on Garden Forum, PlantFiles, etc. and didn't learn much. Just now, however, I did a search using "wood sorrel," and found lots of bile and hatred for this despicably invasive weed.

Of course, not all species are created equal. Please tell me adenophylla ain't evil!

Brent n' Becky's says it has "beautiful, silvery foliage provides a perfect background for the lilac/purple flowers; this is one of our favorites and makes nice mounds of color in our garden and fills decorative pots in the greenhouse and our porch!"

Nothing there about "invasive."

Should I plant these bulbs? I'm all for "naturalizing," but not when it goes over to the Dark Side of The Force and takes over.



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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Wood Sorrel, Oxalis acetosella, is a totally different thing, and has a slender creeping rootstock.


Here is a link that might be useful: Wood sorrel

    Bookmark   November 22, 2006 at 6:43AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Lots of different Oxalis. Oxalis adenophylla is not particularly aggressive, in fact it will probably die out if it doesn't have good drainage.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2006 at 8:52AM
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fmogul(z6-7 NY)

Phew, imagine my relief!

Thanks for all the reassurance,


    Bookmark   November 29, 2006 at 8:07AM
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I am looking for perennials (for zone 7a) to plant in full sun. I thought Oxalis adenophylla would be perfect for a ground cover for my area... is this the case?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 7:03PM
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