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A picture of a Purpleleaf False Shamrock

Purpleleaf False Shamrock

Oxalis triangularis ssp. papilionacea

Sauerklee Oxalis regnellii 2007-06-16 108 by BS Thurner Hof (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Purpleleaf False Shamrock

A close up of a white flower and purple leaves of a Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionacea plant
A photo of Purpleleaf False Shamrock
A close up of a pink Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionacea flower
A pot of purple leaved Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionacea with pink flowers
A pot of purple leaved Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionacea

Purpleleaf False Shamrock Overview

Oxalis triangularis subsp. papilionacea is a bulbous perennial in the wood sorrel family, Oxalidaceae. Commonly known by the names Purpleleaf False Shamrock and Purple Shamrock. This plant is commonly grown as a houseplant for its beautiful purple, triangular foliage. It is now considered to be the same as the species Oxalis triangularis. It is deciduous and goes dormant in the winter, with the foliage dying back and regrowing in the spring. It grows best in partial shade and moist, well-draining soil, in cool conditions. The purple leaves of this plant are very distinctive: they are palmately divided into 3 leaflets which are triangular in shape. Flowers are pink-white and starry in appearance - they appear from summer-autumn. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Purpleleaf False Shamrock

How to propagate Purpleleaf False Shamrock



Special features of Purpleleaf False Shamrock

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant


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