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Oxalis Triangularis - False Shamrock


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Say hello to the enchanting Oxalis Triangularis, also known as the False Shamrock! This delightful plant features striking purple, triangular leaves that close up at night and open with the morning sun. The leaves’ vibrant color and unique shape create a captivating display, perfect for adding a pop of color and charm to any indoor space. With its whimsical appearance, the Oxalis Triangularis is sure to become a favorite in your plant collection.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Scientific Name: Oxalis Triangularis
  • Common Name: False Shamrock 
  • Family: Oxalidaceae 
  • Native Range: South America

Ed's Care Guide

  • Light: Prefers bright indirect light, tolerates partial shade 
  • Water: Water once the top inch of soil is dry, water less in winter as they go dormant 
  • Soil: Use a well draining potting mix
  • Humidity: Standard room humidity 
  • Temperature: 60-80F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding:  Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer monthly as needed and reduce frequency in winter.
  • Propagation: Division
  • Growth: Clumpy, bushy growth habit
  • Pests: Few pest problems but look out for aphids. Place outside to attract butterflies!
  • Toxicity: Edible for humans, the leaves have an acidic taste. May be slightly toxic to pets

The Oxalis Triangularis is perfect for those new to plant care. It thrives in low light, making it an excellent choice for less sunny spots in your home. Ensure the soil remains slightly moist, watering when the surface dries out. This easy-going plant will reward you with delicate blooms and vibrant foliage, making it a joyful and low-maintenance addition to your indoor garden.