Beauty has different shapes and more in a flower. Candy Cane is a plant of a caramel color, red and white, forming a very striking spiral, its shape is and very similar to clover. We can appreciate this beauty in summer where all its splendor stands out.

This beautiful flower looks very good in gardens, terraces or in your window planter, growing to about 30 cm approximately, with partial sun. If you are looking for a new type of spring flower, consider planting Candy Cane.

Origin of the Candy Cane

Candy Cane plants are botanically called Oxalis versicolor.  This means that this plant changes color. Candy cane oxalis flowers are red and white, hence the name. In early spring, trumpet shaped blooms appear, even on young plants.

Gardeners in some areas may find blooms on the plant in late winter.

Origin of the Candy Cane

This flower has a South African origin, considered a unique tropical plant, its wonderful funnel-shaped flowers with five spreading petals, makes it look like a sugar canes from a candy store, which can appreciate at Christmas parties.

What can we say about the Candy Cane flower?

This plant grows in some seni-bush type and can be a good option for you to add something different to your garden during early spring, or perhaps in a planter on your window, the options are endless and does not matter where you will put it, since it will stand out without any doubt.

A curious fact: The Candy Cane appear white once the trumpets have opened, as the red stripe is on the bottom of the petal. Oxalis buds often close at night and in cool weather to again reveal the very distinctive stripes. Attractive, clover-like foliage persists even when the small shrub is not in bloom.

When the sun begins to cover completely this blissful flower, its red stripes begin to degrade into white, the opposite happens when cold weather arrives, its red stripes return to their natural state, so to speak.

The Oxalis produces abundant flowers through the whole summer season. Its flowers also have great resistance to survive once cut and put into vases of water.

candy cane flower

Growing Oxalis Versicolor sorrel

Growing candy cane sorrel is simple. Candy cane oxalis flowers are native to capes of South Africa. This attractive member of the Oxalis family is sometimes forced in greenhouses for ornamental, holiday blooms.

Oxalis versicolor can be grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in the garden. They from the garden center are generally available in the fall or early spring.

  • Candy Cane need bright indirect light to grow well and produce flowers. They can often bloom all winter if kept in a sunny spot.
  • Keep the soil of a Candy Cane barely moist but never soggy; allow the top 2 inches (5 cm) of soil to dry out before watering.
  • It is best to water a Oxalis from the bottom so that the thin fragile stems of the plant don’t get water logged and the soil stays loose.

The plant will exhibit blooms through most of the spring and sometimes into summer, depending on the location where it grows. As with most members of the ornamental Oxalis family, the candy cane oxalis plant goes dormant in summer and begins a period of regrowth in fall.

Growing Oxalis Versicolor sorrel

What temperature do you need for a bloom?

Oxalis PLANTS grows best in cool temperatures between 60ºF to 70ºF (15ºC to 21ºC) during the day and 55ºF to 65ºF (13ºC to 18ºC) at night. The soil for an Oxalis should be loose and sandy rather than rich and organic.

Feed a Oxalis monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a basic houseplant food at half the recommended strength. Never feed a Oxalis when it is dormant and the bulbs are resting.

Information about Candy Cane Oxalis says it is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 – 9, though it can grow an annual in the lower zones. Oxalis sorrel bulbs (rhizomes) can be planted at any time the ground is not frozen.

Candy Cane care

Growing candy cane sorrel is a simple process. Once candy cane sorrel bulbs are established, occasional watering and fertilization is all that is required when caring for candy cane oxalis.

You can remove the dying foliage when the plant dies back for the sake of appearance, but it will wither on its own.

Don’t despair that the Candy Cane oxalis plant is dying; it is just regenerating and will one again reappear in the garden.