Sand (coarse texture, drains easily), Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water) pH: acid
Flowers are solitary or in umbel-like clusters on long, erect peduncles (stalks).
The leaves, borne in basal rosettes, are also characteristic of the genus. They are compound, usually trifoliolate (having three leaflets) with leaflets varying from more or less heart-shaped (broadly obovate and cuneate at the base) to narrowly obovate and predominantly stalked (petiolate). Petioles long and slender. Occasionally the leaves are sessile (without a stalk) or subsessile. The leaflets are often flushed with purple below and maybe hairy or have calli (thickenings). They display slee
A member of the oxalis family, Grand Duchess versicolor is sometime referred to as the "Candy Cane sorrel" plant and one glance at the flower buds explains why. With ruby undersides to the petals, unfurled buds exhibit an appealing red and white swirled pattern. This makes the unopened blooms as pretty as the mature ones.
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