Purple Shamrock - Knowledgebase Question

New Orleans, LA
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Question by frnch2261
April 28, 2001
There is a plant that I am really looking for I don't know the specific name for it but its a deep purple like an eggplant color and the leaves are the shape of clovers 3 leafs sort of medium size....My cousin have a plant and she calls it purple shamrock or purple clover. I would like to know how I can find one.I don't know if its a foliage plant or consider a flower. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You,Shelly

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2001
Oxalis is a bulb-type plant with numerous species and varieties. Many have a "shamrock" shaped leaf, and they flower in many colors, including white, pink, purple and yellow. When they flower depends on the species. They take full sun or partial shade and prefer well-drained soil with consistent moisture. They're often grown as foliage houseplants.

I found a description of a Oxalis regnellii var. triangularis that has "rich burgundy triangular leaves and soft pink flowers" in the Brent and Becky's Bulbs Catalogue, (www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com) which sounds similar to what you're looking for. I hope this info helps.

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