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Oxalis triangularis Purple Shamrock / False Shamrock


Discover the mesmerizing allure of the Purple Shamrock, a botanical masterpiece destined to weave its enchantment into your surroundings. Also known as the False Shamrock or Purple Oxalis, this rhizomatous herbaceous beauty effortlessly elevates any garden or indoor space with its vibrant purple foliage. Unveil the charm of triangular leaves adorned with delicate pink flowers, transforming your space into a captivating oasis.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Oxalis triangularis
  • Common Name: False Shamrock, Purple Shamrock, Lucky Shamrock, Purple Oxalis, Wood Sorrel, Good Luck Plant
  • Family: Oxalidaceae
  • Native Range: Brazil

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: Oxalis plants prefer well-draining soil that is slightly acidic with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. 
  • Humidity:  40-60%. It
  • Temperature:  60-75°F (15-24°C). 
  • Feeding:  water-soluble fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (such as a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 formula). 
  • Propagation: Oxalis triangularis can be propagated through division of the bulbs or corms, or by stem cuttings.
  • Pests: Few pest problems but look out for aphids, spider mites, mealybugs. 
  • Toxicity: Generally non-toxic, use caution with pets

Purple oxalis, with its striking purple foliage and unique clover-like leaves, brings a pop of color and texture to any indoor space. This hardy plant thrives in a variety of conditions and is relatively easy to care for, making it perfect for both beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts. Its compact growth habit and charming appearance make it an excellent choice for adding a touch of vibrancy to homes, offices, or any indoor environment.