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I usually cut or buy flowers for our patio table, but this year I potted a few oxalis in small white containers. They love the shade, so I'm hoping they'll make it through the summer under our umbrella. Did you ever see one "go to sleep?" They are sensitive to light and react to it by closing. Check out this short video. They're such charming plants, and it's almost impossible for me to resist them at the nursery. Don't they remind you of butterfly wings?

20 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Elizabeth

How funny – oxalis is a horrible weed where I live! I can’t get rid of it!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by mollysusie

I love those plants … I’ve killed many of them! Water them from the bottom, I think that was my downfall. That and my cats.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by kim

I love those, I used to grow the green variety (with pink flowers) on my balcony. I thought they needed the sun, so am very happy to hear they do well in shade as my current garden is in full shade. I see another trip to the nursery in the near future :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kirsikka

Oh they are so pretty! I once had one and my mom told me that it likes to be in a dark place on winter. So at autumn I put my oxalis to the back of a kitchen closet. And found it about two years later when moving out of that apartment…

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Natalie Box - The Writer's Ink

Just lovely! Thank you for sharing…
nat x

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kate Uhry

“online”!! Silly auto-correct!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kate Uhry

I have a white one, which I bought in April and had in a sunny window—now it is completely shriveled and I had no idea why. With the advice on loin, I cut it back completely and am hoping it comes back. Thanks for sharing the video!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by kim

a prolific and hugely invasive weed here too – but pretty!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Dena

Butterfly wings. Yes. Beautiful.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lynn

Too funny — I see I wasn’t the only reader whose jaw dropped when I saw you actually welcomed oxalis into your life. In California, it’s near impossible to eradicate. There are tiny bulb-like things below the soil, so you can rip the plant out, but the bulbs (there are many of them) remain. Removing those is a surgical procedure, but you have to or else your whole backyard could be full of their “pretty” yellow flowers in about a week. (shakes fist in air!)

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