Oxalis rosea Jacq.

Frost-tender to half-hardy erect-stemmed annual with leaves composed of 3 leaflets, to 1cm long, pale green, occasionally reddened beneath, and lax, bifurcating cymes of up to 3 pink flowers, to 1.5cm across, with darker veins and a white throat, rarely entirely white, in spring.  To 20cm.  [RHSD].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Raised from seeds sent by our friend A. Cruickshanks, from Valparaiso.  It is one of the handsomest, if not the very handsomest of this beautiful genus, rising to a height of a foot, or a foot and a half, and covered with the fine rose-coloured blossoms, which it bears for very many weeks in succession.  We have hitherto, in the Glasgow Botanic Garden, kept it in a cool part of the stove, where it promises to ripen its seeds well.’  [BM t.2830/1828].

‘This is another of the very prettiest and best of annuals; it grows about six inches high.  Its flowers are of a pale rose colour, and are produced in abundance.  It is a good thing for greenhouse decoration in spring, and open borders in summer.’  [Gard. Chron. 1855].  Introduced to Britain in 1826.  [JD].  BR f.1123/1828 as Oxalis floribunda Lehm.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.378/1843].  Received per ‘Sovereign’ February 1831.  [MP A2948].  A species, not yet definitively identified, with very pale lilac, almost white flowers but resembling this plant, is naturalised in one small area of the gardens.  It has not been recorded as growing wild in NSW.


Oxalis floribunda Hort. has been used as a nursery name for Oxalis rosea and a number of other species.

Published Jan 28, 2010 - 05:01 PM | Last updated Jan 28, 2010 - 05:06 PM

Figured is an erect stem with small trifoliate leaves and mauve-pink flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2830, 1828.

Oxalis rosea Jacq. | BM t.2830/1828 | BHL

More details about Oxalis rosea Jacq.
Family Oxalidaceae
Region of origin


  • Oxalis floribunda Lehm. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Oxalis rosea 

Confidence level high