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Oxalis sp., Shamrock, Wood Sorrel

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Oxalis sp.

Shamrock, Wood Sorrel
Family: Oxalidaceae
Origin: Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Oxalis like cool air and moist soil while they are growing. Bright indirect light is best, but they will grow in lower light levels. Fertilize weekly while they are growing with a balanced fertilizer. Shamrocks are bulbs, and they require a dormant period every once in a while. Restrict all watering. As with any bulb, let the leaves die back naturally. Do not remove any leaves until they are brown. Let the bulbs stay dormant for 3 to 4 weeks, then water and fertilize. In most indoor-grown shamrocks, this dormant period occurs 2 to 3 times a year.

Species and varieties:

Oxalis bowiei

Oxalis deppei Iron Cross

Oxalis Good Luck

Oxalis hedysaroides Rubra

Oxalis palmifrons

Oxalis pes caprae

Oxalis purpurea Grand Duchess Mix

Oxalis triangularis

Oxalis vulcanicola


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Richard Murphy
Clearwater, FL, USA
USDA Zone:9
31 Mar 2007
Is the Oxalis hedysaroides 'rubra' a Ground Cover, and /or a Shamrock? How tall does it grow (web site does not say).
This is an EXCELLENT web site and reference. Thank you for it and for access to it.


Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/oxalis_sp.htm