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Oxalis triangularis purpurea

False Shamrock

Oxalis triangularis purpurea False Shamrock
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Care Information

  • Site

    Indirect sunlight/part shade.

    Will not do well with prolonged temperatures of over 25c.

     

  • Temperature

    Ideal temperature 15c. It may go into dormancy period with higher indoor temperatures or begin to take on a tired appearance. Frost tender.

  • Water

    Water weekly during warmer months but allow the surface to dry out between watering.

    They should not be watered during the winter dormancy period.

  • Feeding

    Feed with an all purpose fertiliser at normal strength once every couple of months 

     

  • Tip

    If you forget to water it or the temperatures become to high or low the plant will die. Don't give up on it as will spring back to life as soon as good conditions are restored! 

    On the other hand, one of the worst things you can do is over-water as it rots the bulb. Allowing the soil to begin to dry at the top is a good measurement of when to water again.

    Toxic to cats and dogs when ingested, however the acidic taste of the leaves usually prevents animals from eating it.</p&

Oxalis triangularis purpurea

False Shamrock

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An easy to care for compact indoor perennial plant with an attractive display of burgandy-red clover-like foliage from spring to autumn and edible, tubular pink flowers throughout the summer. A rare and sought-after houseplant which has risen in popularity due to recent high exposures in the media.

The leaves have a fascinating photonastic response, closing at night and opening in the morning. At night, neatly folded, the leaves looks like a cluster of purple butterflies.

Incredible long-lived. The plant's history can be traced back to St. Patrick, who used the leaves to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Irish. They are not Irish natives however, instead hailing from several countries in South America. They are also make great gifts and are popular heirloom plants, passed down from generation to generation within a family.

 

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  • Oxalis triangularis purpurea False Shamrock

20cm high

Self Watering Container?
These plants are also available ready potted in one of our self watering containers (see container pictures below)... the price includes the plant, self watering system and container. All the plants will arrive all potted up with the self watering system installed, just unpack it and enjoy!

Already got a plant pot?
We also sell self-watering systems, which will fit into your pre-existing plant pot!

Self Watering Container?
These plants are also available ready potted in one of our self watering containers (see container pictures below)... the price includes the plant, self watering system and container. All the plants will arrive all potted up with the self watering system installed, just unpack it and enjoy!

Already got a plant pot?
We also sell self-watering systems, which will fit into your pre-existing plant pot!

Care Information

  • Site

    Indirect sunlight/part shade.

    Will not do well with prolonged temperatures of over 25c.

     

  • Temperature

    Ideal temperature 15c. It may go into dormancy period with higher indoor temperatures or begin to take on a tired appearance. Frost tender.

  • Water

    Water weekly during warmer months but allow the surface to dry out between watering.

    They should not be watered during the winter dormancy period.

  • Feeding

    Feed with an all purpose fertiliser at normal strength once every couple of months 

     

  • Tip

    If you forget to water it or the temperatures become to high or low the plant will die. Don't give up on it as will spring back to life as soon as good conditions are restored! 

    On the other hand, one of the worst things you can do is over-water as it rots the bulb. Allowing the soil to begin to dry at the top is a good measurement of when to water again.

    Toxic to cats and dogs when ingested, however the acidic taste of the leaves usually prevents animals from eating it.</p&

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