Oxalis Triangularis ‘Purple Shamrock”

Description

Named because it isn’t actually a Clover, the family of proper Shamrocks, the purple variety of Oxalis Triangularis is much more striking with its large, triangular leaves that close at night and reopen with the morning sun. As this plant is considered invasive in some parts of the world, one can imagine it isn’t difficult to care for. Preferring bright indirect light but tolerant of shady conditions and watering when the top inch of soil is dry, it also isn’t picky about humidity making it a great indoor to plant. Use this plant to match a particular color story in your home, or to stand out among the green in the rest of your collection! Available in 4-Inch Nursery Pot.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Scientific Name: Oxalis Triangularis
  • Common Name: Purple 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 biweekly as needed and reduce frequency in winter.
  • Propagation: Division
  • Growth: Creeping- makes a great ground cover if you have mild winters 
  • Pests: Few pest problems but look out for aphids. Place outside to attract butterflies!
  • Toxicity: Edible for humans, the leaves have an acidic taste