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9/9/15Plant-o-Pedia: Oxalis

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Though it might remind you of Saint Patrick’s Day, today’s Plant-o-pedia subject, the Oxalis, or Shamrock, is a great all-year-round addition to your plant collection, with it’s tiny white flowers making an occasional appearance, and it’s ability to bounce back to life when neglected for too long. The Oxalis will also stay compact, so if you don’t have a ton of space for plants, this one is a great fit for you. And heads up, if you have a cat, this plant may not be your jam, because we recently discovered that they are very poisonous to our feline friends.

HappyInterior Oxalis

GET THE GREEN: Shamrock Plant (Oxalis hybrid)

WATER: Frequent light watering—just enough to keep plant moist but not soggy.

SUNLIGHT: Bright to moderate indirect light.

PLACEMENT: Great tabletop or shelf plant for a bright kitchen or office, where half-finished water glasses can be drizzled on them daily.

WORD OF CAUTION: This plant is poisonous to cats.

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Photo credit: 1) Dabito from The New Bohemians  2) Happy Interior Blog

Plant-o-Pedia excerpt from The New Bohemians with thanks to Stephanie Bartron.

Danae Horst Danae Horst

Total Plant Geek. Photographer & Stylist. Content Creator at The Jungalow. Check out my new botanical shop and design firm, Folia Collective.

15 responses to “Plant-o-Pedia: Oxalis”

  1. Erin says:

    I sure do love this plant, but it is worth noting that it is VERY POISONOUS to cats. I almost lost my kitty 2 years ago after she ingested just a few nibbles of my oxalis.

  2. Melanie says:

    They look like purple butterfly wings! So delicate and beautiful.

  3. Igor says:

    Thanks for including my photo, Justina!!! Love my oxalis dearly!

  4. vanessa says:

    You sold me on the fact that they are able to bounce back after being neglected for too long! :) I may be an unfortunate home for all plants…but i try!

  5. Neyon says:

    They look like butterflies and kites, and so free, lovely and alive :)

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  9. Lisa says:

    Oxalis is my absolute favorite plant and I have several of them in my home. The deep eggplant color and the delicate purple blooms make it such a distinct cross between a plant and a flower. They definitely withstand watering neglect and I’ve even grown the roots in water with much success.

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  12. Marion Order says:

    Please can you tell me where I can buy the Oxalis bright red plant or seed.

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