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Purple Shamrock pictures-Love flower-Oxalis triangularis

I've found this Purple Shamrock-Oxalis triangularis, in front of a church.
It is also called Love Plant and I only saw it before indoors, as a house plant. I was surprised to see that it thrives in the over 30C full sun.
It is said that they need lower temperature or they go dormant earlier but I saw this one flowering all summer.

The small flowers of Purple Shamrock are produced in clusters, having a beautiful, light purple-pink color.

The foliage is deep purple with a central blotch of red on each heart-shaped leaflet. The leaves fold down in low light conditions, from sunset till morning light, when they open again.
Purple Shamrock close up-Oxalis triangularis
Oxalis Triangularis are bulbous plants and can be propagated by division of the bulbs during the dormancy period.
Like by any other wood-sorrel, the leaves of Oxalis Triangularis are edible, with moderation. They contain Oxalic acid , that in high quantity can aggravate arthritis, gout, and kidney stones.
Oxalis triangularis-Purple Shamrock-Love flower
Though I see this plant as a delicate house plant, in some parts of the world it seams to be invasive and a nuisance.

MACRO FLOWERS SATURDAY

14 comments:

Karin M. said...

Beautiful flowers ... super ....
LG: Karin

Tina said...

Lovely flowers! Thanks for joining us on WEF with this tiny beauties. :) lg Tinna

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Linda Makiej said...

Fantastic macro work!!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

If my oxalis looked like yours, I wouldn't be pulling it out!

Rajesh said...

Fabulous flowers.

Barb said...

Very pretty! I have that plant (or a very similar one) in my garden and it is quite invasive - I don't really mind but I will never be free of it . .

LauraX said...

I adore the green centers...beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous captures, Maia. I've never seen these before.

Helene said...

These are beautiful. I love the white & green combination. Thank you so much for sharing!

Joyful said...

These are beautiful Shamrocks. I've never seen this kind before. Thank you Maia for posting for me while I was away.

Caryn said...

So sweet and pretty.

Jayne said...

I've heard they are invasive here but I've never grown any. It looks lovely in your photos.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

What lovely little flowers this plant has, Maia.

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