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Shamrock Oxalis

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This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Annual or perennial herbs; leaves clover-like, long-stalked with 3 leaflets; flowers 5-parted, white, yellow, lavender, or rose, close at night; fruit a capsule

Grows best in full sun to 25% shade.  When planting, bury rhizomes or stolons 2 in. (5 cm) deep.  Best propagated by rhizomes and stolons or by seed.  O. deppei, O. lasiandra, and O. regnelli species are considered tender species.

Native to Europe, Asia-Tropical, Africa, Falkland Island, Pacific, Southern America, Australasia, Northern America, and Asia-Temperate.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#white#poisonous#partial shade#houseplant#annual#summer#lavender#perennial#weed#wildflowers#many colors#shade tolerant#weedy#fall interest#lawn#ncemgva2018#edible garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#white#poisonous#partial shade#houseplant#annual#summer#lavender#perennial#weed#wildflowers#many colors#shade tolerant#weedy#fall interest#lawn#ncemgva2018#edible garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Oxalis
    Family:
    Oxalidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Americas and South Africa
    Bulb Storage:
    Store rhizomes or bulbs in peat or vermiculite at 35-41 degrees F (2-5C)
    Edibility:
    EDIBLE PARTS: Small amounts of leaves, flowers, seeds, tubers/roots eaten raw are not dangerous. They have a lemon-like sour flavor.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Bulb
    Edible
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Weed
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    A capsule that bursts open when ripe, scattering the seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The 5-parted flowers come in a variety of colors and close at night.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    The bright green leaves are long-stalked with 3 clover-like leaflets, obovate with a notch at the top. Some cultivars have a purple color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Horses
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Large quantities may cause trembling, cramps, and staggering in grazing animals, but there are no documented cases in humans.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Soluble oxalate.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems