Oxalis Triangularis, False shamrock – Plant
- False Shamrock, Love Plant, Purple Shamrock, Purple Wood Sorrel
Oxalis triangularis, also known as purple shamrock or false shamrock, is a perennial plant that is native to South America. It is a small plant that is often grown as a houseplant due to its attractive purple, clover-like leaves. The plant has small, pink or purple flowers and is tiny and fragile, blooming in the spring or summer.
The plant spreads out to a width of around 8 inches and grows to a height of roughly 6 inches. The leaves are deep purple in colour and triangular in shape. The blossoms can be pink to purple in colour and are tiny and fragile.
Oxalis triangularis is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to care for. False shamrock is toxic to pets, so it is important to keep the plant out of reach if you have pets at home. If ingested, the plant can cause vomiting and diarrhea in pets.
Overall, purple shamrock is a popular plant due to its attractive purple leaves and easy care requirements. It is a great addition to any home or garden.
Care tips for growing Oxalis triangularis:
- Light: The plant prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to turn yellow.
- Water: Avoid overwatering. Water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry.
- Soil: Use a well-draining soil mix.
- Fertilizer: Feed the plant with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
- Temperature: The plant prefers normal home temperatures. Avoid placing it in a location that gets too cold or too hot.
- Repotting: Repot the plant every two years, or when it outgrows its current pot.
- Pests: Watch for pests such as aphids and mites, and treat them as needed.
- Toxic to pets: Keep the plant out of reach of pets, as it is toxic if ingested.
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