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Oxalis triangularis (Love plant, Purple shamrock)

Oxalis triangularis Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Oxalis triangularis oks-AL-iss try-ang-yew-LAR-iss Common Name: Love plant, Purple shamrock Genus: Oxalis
Purple shamrock's pretty foliage and dainty flowers make it a good choice for containers, borders, or indoors.
Noteworthy characteristics: Purple, triangular leaflets that close at night. Nice houseplant. Native to Brazil.
Care: Prefers light shade and moist but well-drained soil. Indoors, provide bright light and cool temperatures.
Propagation:

Sow fresh seed or divide rhizomes.  


Problems:

Fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, and seed smut are the most common problems, but also watch for spider mites and leaf miners.


Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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