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Oxalis 'Purple Shamrock'

Oxalis 'Purple Shamrock'

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Oxalis 'Purple Shamrock', scientifically Oxalis triangularis, is an enchanting perennial admired for its distinctive triangular leaves that range in color from deep purple to burgundy. Each leaf features a delicate, shamrock-like shape that folds open during the day and closes at night or in low light conditions. 'Purple Shamrock' typically forms a low-growing clump and reaches a height of approximately 6-8 inches when fully mature. 

    Botanical & Common Names

    Botanical: Oxalis triangularis

    Common: Purple Shamrock, Wood Sorrel, Shamrock Plant

    Necessary Care Tips

    • Light: Bright Indirect
    • Ideal Temperature: 60-75°F
    • Humidity: Medium
    • Water: When the top inch of soil is dry
    • Fertilize: Once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
    • Preferred Soil: Well-Draining Potting Mix

    Advanced Care Tips

    • Some species can tolerate partial shade, especially in hot climates. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
    • Protect from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations.
    • Some Oxalis species go dormant periodically, usually during late fall or winter. During dormancy, reduce watering and allow the plant to rest until new growth emerges.

    Plant Insights

    • Member of the Oxalidaceae family, also known as the Wood Sorrel family, encompasses approximately 900 species of flowering plants.
    • Oxalis species are found worldwide, with many native to South America and South Africa.
    • Many Oxalis species produce small, delicate flowers that can be white, pink, or yellow. Flowers typically appear in clusters above the foliage.
    • Some Oxalis species exhibit nyctinastic movement, where leaves fold upward at night and reopen during the day, reacting to light changes.
    • Wood sorrel leaves have a tangy flavor due to oxalic acid content and are used in culinary dishes as a garnish or salad green in some cultures.
    • Oxalis is often associated with luck and good fortune, especially species like Oxalis deppei (Lucky Shamrock), which resemble traditional shamrocks.
    • Unsafe / Toxic
    • Medium Maintenance

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