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All About Oxalis: The Shamrock’s Playful Cousin

Hi there, Ferb Vu here! Today, we’re diving into the fascinating world of Oxalis, a genus of flowering plants known for their delightful clover-shaped leaves and vibrant blooms. Often mistaken for their close relative, the Shamrock (Trifolium), Oxalis boasts a diverse range of species with unique characteristics. Let’s answer some common questions and explore what makes these little charmers so special.

What is Oxalis?

Oxalis, with over 800 species, is a vibrant member of the Oxalidaceae family. Native to South America and South Africa, they’ve found homes around the globe. These charming plants come in various sizes, from tiny creeping varieties perfect for terrariums to taller, upright ones ideal for container gardens.

What Makes Them Different from Shamrocks?

Both Shamrocks and Oxalis belong to the Fabaceae family, sharing a resemblance. However, key differences set them apart. Shamrocks have three rounded leaflets, while Oxalis can have three or four heart-shaped or clover-shaped leaflets. Additionally, Shamrocks are typically green, while Oxalis offers a dazzling array of colors, including purple, pink, red, and even bi-colored varieties.

Are They Difficult to Care For?

Not at all! Oxalis are surprisingly low-maintenance plants. They thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and prefer moist, well-draining soil. Water them when the top inch of soil feels dry, and avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot. Most Oxalis are happy indoors, making them excellent houseplants.

Do They Have Special Requirements?

Some Oxalis species have unique dormancy periods. During this time, their foliage may die back, and the plant goes into a resting phase. Fear not, this is natural! Simply reduce watering and store the pot in a cool, dark location until new growth emerges in spring.

How Often Should I Fertilize?

During their active growing season (typically spring and summer), a light feeding of balanced fertilizer once a month is sufficient. However, they’re not heavy feeders, so less is more.

Are They Prone to Pests or Diseases?

Fortunately, Oxalis are relatively pest and disease resistant. However, keep an eye out for mealybugs, aphids, or spider mites, which can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Can I Propagate Oxalis?

Absolutely! They’re quite prolific and can be easily propagated from bulbs, offsets (baby plants growing around the base), or even leaf cuttings.

Types of Oxalis

Oxalis offers a diverse array of species, each with its unique charm. Here are a few noteworthy Oxalis varieties:

1. Oxalis Acetosella

2. Oxalis Adenophylla

3. Oxalis Albicans

4. Oxalis Alpina

5. Oxalis Ambigua

6. Oxalis Articulata

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7. Oxalis Autumn Pink

8. Oxalis Barrelieri

9. Oxalis Bifida

10. Oxalis Bowiei – Oxalis Amarantha

11. Oxalis Brasiliensis

12. Oxalis Caerulea

13. Oxalis Caprina

14. Oxalis Corniculata

15. Oxalis Debilis

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16. Oxalis Dehradunensis

17. Oxalis Depressa

18. Oxalis Dillenii

19. Oxalis Enneaphylla

20. Oxalis Exilis

21. Oxalis Glabra

22. Oxalis Glauca

23. Oxalis Grandis

24. Oxalis Griffithii

25. Oxalis Hedysaroides

26. Oxalis Hirta

27. Oxalis Illinoensis

28. Oxalis Inaequalis

29. Oxalis Incarnata

30. Oxalis Lasiandra

31. Oxalis Latifolia

32. Oxalis Luederitzii

33. Oxalis Luteola

34. Oxalis Magellanica

35. Oxalis Magnifica

36. Oxalis Massoniana

37. Oxalis Melanosticta

38. Oxalis Minima

39. Oxalis Montana

40. Oxalis Obliquifolia

41. Oxalis Obtriangulata

42. Oxalis Obtusa

43. Oxalis Oregana

44. Oxalis Ortgiesii

45. Oxalis Palmifrons

46. Oxalis Pennelliana

47. Oxalis Pes-Caprae

48. Oxalis Plum Crazy

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49. Oxalis Pulchella

50. Oxalis Purpurea

51. Oxalis Pusilla

52. Oxalis Regnellii

53. Oxalis Rubens

54. Oxalis Schaeferi

55. Oxalis Spiralis Vulcanicola Sunset Velvet

56. Oxalis Spiralis Vulcanicola – Oxalis Zinfandel

57. Oxalis Stricta – Oxalis Fontana

58. Oxalis Suksdorfii

59. Oxalis Tenuifolia

60. Oxalis Tetraphylla

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61. Oxalis Triangularis

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62. Oxalis Tuberosa

63. Oxalis Valdiviensis

64. Oxalis Versicolor

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65. Oxalis Violacea

66. Oxalis Virginea

Are Oxalis Toxic?

Be aware that most Oxalis varieties contain oxalic acid, which can be toxic to pets and humans if ingested in large quantities. The symptoms may include stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have curious pets or young children, it’s best to place your Oxalis in a location out of reach.


With their playful foliage and charming blooms, Oxalis make delightful additions to any home. Their diverse range of colors, sizes, and easy-going nature makes them perfect for gardeners of all levels. So, why not add a touch of whimsy to your space and bring home a little piece of the Oxalis magic?

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