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Oxalis Care

With leaves that open and close throughout the day, the Oxalis appears to dance in response to bright light in the daytime and low light in the nighttime. With lively leaves and dainty white-pink flowers — if given enough bright light — this plant is great for those looking for a fun and easy-going houseplant.

How to care for your Oxalis

Use these instructions to care for an Oxalis. This guide will tell you how to water an Oxalis; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.



Oxalis will do best in very bright indirect sunlight and can handle direct sunlight through a window. However, if kept outside it cannot handle direct light and must be kept in the shade.


Water your Oxalis when the soil is 50-75% dry. Your plant cannot tolerate soggy soil.


Your Oxalis prefers a humid environment, use a humidifier or mist often if the air is dry.


Your Oxalis prefers normal room temperatures between 65-75. They cannot tolerate hot temperatures above 75-80 degrees.


Feed your Oxalis once a month during spring and summer with an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer.


Oxalis is considered to be toxic to cats and dogs.


Oxalis is unique in that it stores energy underneath the soil in bulbs! If it gets too cold or you forget to water it for an extended period of time, all of the leaves may die back, however, this does not necessarily mean the plant is dead! This plant can revive itself and come back to life and regrow when put back in ideal conditions again.

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What's an Oxalis?

Botanical Classification: Oxalis triangularis


Also knows as shamrock, love plant, or sorrel, ornamental Oxalis features a low-growing, spreading habit with trifoliate leaves that range from purple to green, including some bicolor and variegated varieties. With over 550 species, oxalis is native to many parts of the world. The leaves fold down at night and in some species, the flowers also close at night.

Oxalis enjoys moderate temperatures and may go dormant if it gets too hot or dry. Depending on the species, these plants form underground rhizomes or bulbous roots. This feature allows the plant to store excess resources, meaning if the plant does go dormant, it will be able to survive just fine. Dormant plants will not be actively using water, so reduce watering and aim to keep the soil just barely moist until your plant begins to grow again.

Fun Fact

Some species of Oxalis have seed pods that burst open upon contact, sending seeds several feet into the air!

Pictured Left: Oxalis

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