Plant Profile: Oxalis triangularis. I love plants. Even as a kid, I often spent my ‘pocket money’ from my after-school job, on plants for my bedroom. Included in my mini collection were the usual suspects. I think I even had an Asparagus Fern, which is no longer available, now being classified as a weed where I live.
These days, I get to work with plants most days and I’m often asked about choosing the best houseplant for the place, their space needs and care. So, I thought I’d post a “Plant Profile” series as part of the new look blog. I’ll include a mix of popular choices and a few more obscure or unusual green friends and just stick to the basics of their requirements.
Yesterday, as part of the Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Plants and Art, I included my Oxalis triangularis. This plant is a relatively new addition to my collection and quite a ‘young’ plant. For Australian readers, you may be lucky to find one in your local nursery, otherwise try online – that’s where I found mine. It’s also probably best to search out Australian suppliers, as you may have trouble with quarantine and customs if buying from overseas.
Plant Profile: Oxalis triangularis
Purple Shamrock, False Shamrock, Love Plant, Black Shamrock, Black Oxalis
Availability – Try specialist nurseries and/or online suppliers
Light – Bright indoor light. Indirect or a few hours of direct sun is fine.
Size – Height – up to 25cm. Width – varies on pot size, as it multiplies.
Watering – Let the surface dry between waterings. Water deeply, allow to drain.
Feeding – Light application of slow release fertiliser as the weather warms up.
Flowers – Yes. White / Mauve / Pink
Oddities – The leaves move in response to light and fold down during low light.
Other – Poisonous to dogs & cats. Can go into dormancy if conditions not suitable.
So, that’s my first Plant Profile – let me know your thoughts. Are there any particular plants you would like to see included?