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Grand Duchess Sorrel

Oxalis purpurea

Also known as

Suuring (Afr.), Sorrel

Photo by hjcjim (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Grand Duchess Sorrel

A close up of a pink Oxalis purpurea flower and some green leaves in the wild
A close up of a pink Oxalis purpurea flower in the wild
Some green leaves of a Oxalis purpurea plant in the wild
A close up of a pink Oxalis purpurea flower in the wild
A close up of a pink Oxalis purpurea flower in the wild

Grand Duchess Sorrel Overview

Oxalis purpurea is also known commonly as purple woodsorrel, it is a bulbous perennial species in the wood sorrel family, Oxalidaceae. Native to Southern Africa, this species is now widely found across Europe after garden introductions and it is now naturalised across Europe in temperate climates. This species produces pretty funnel-shaped, pink-purple or white-cream flowers with yellow throats and 5 overlapping petals. These measure between 3-5cm wide and appear from autumn and winter. Typically this species doesn't exceed 7cm in height, growing directly from an underground bulb. Green leaves are palmately divided into three leaflets, which are arranged at the end of stems. Leaves are three-sided and heart to triangular in shape, characteristic of the Oxalis genus. Foliage is also covered in silky, white hairs. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

How to propagate Grand Duchess Sorrel


Bulbs and bulbils may be harvested once plants are dormant, this is indicated by fading, yellowing foliage, generally in late summer-autumn (UK). Keep dry whilst storing and plant out next spring.



Special features of Grand Duchess Sorrel

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Ground cover

Attracts bees

Other uses of Grand Duchess Sorrel

Grown for their colourful flowers (which in bud are rolled like an umbrella), and their often attractive leaves.


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