Plant Care Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks

4.8 out of 5 (61 experiences)

Purple Shamrocks has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Purple Shamrocks has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and easy to bloom with a whopping 1115 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Purple Shamrocks likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Purple Shamrocks belongs to the oxalis genus, and is native to South America.

⚠️ Purple Shamrocks is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Oxalis triangularis
Oxalis
Oxalidaceae
Oxalidales

Also known as

False Shamrock Plant, Love Plant and Purple Wood Sorrel

How to care for Purple Shamrocks

Water

How often to water your Purple Shamrocks

Water needs for Purple Shamrocks
0.5 cups
every 9

Purple Shamrocks needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Purple Shamrocks

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Purple Shamrocks in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Purple Shamrocks: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Purple Shamrocks love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Purple Shamrocks does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Purple Shamrocks in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Purple Shamrocks

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Purple Shamrocks: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Purple Shamrocks after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks

Purple Shamrocks


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Purple Shamrocks has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 51
Purple Shamrocks has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 39
Purple Shamrocks has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 36
Purple Shamrocks has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 15
Purple Shamrocks has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Purple Shamrocks has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 8
Purple Shamrocks has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Purple Shamrocks has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Sara avatar
@Sara
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Fort Collins, Colorado
11/16/2021

Droops very quickly when dry, but perks back up very quickly with watering. Does great year round in a bright light spot. Will die if you put it outside. Droopy leaves shrivel off frequently and need to be plucked. Blooms very frequently.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Hkpierson avatar
@Hkpierson
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 389 XP
globe New York
11/11/2021

Forgiving. It’s easy to cut back the growth all the way and allow the bulbs to sprout new growth if you under-water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 55 Plants
xp 1,659 XP
10/15/2021

I forgot this plant outside one day and night last week and he got bleached! But he’s coming back with new shoots

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Armin avatar
@Armin
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP
09/04/2021

1-3 direct sunlight and watering 1-3 days ones

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Debbie avatar
@Debbie
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 99 XP
08/17/2021

Gorgeous easy on the eye plant

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Plantitlikelauren avatar
@Plantitlikelauren
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 1,188 XP
globe London, England
08/17/2021

Love everything about this beauty ❤️

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Veezpottedgarden
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 716 XP
globe San Francisco, California
07/17/2021

Lovely, forgiving, and colorful

Survivor Survivor
Doudou avatar
@Doudou
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng
07/16/2021

Good👍

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Stephanie avatar
@Stephanie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 113 XP
globe Fairfield, Connecticut
07/07/2021

I love waking up and going to see my butterflies. They are so happy, fully open and ready for the day. It’s just an overall fun plant. The butterflies range in color for me. Some are a deep purple, others are a dark lime green and some are even a mixture of both but faded as if bleached. The flowers are absolutely adorable and also open and close at night.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Silkroute avatar
@Silkroute
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Covington, Kentucky
07/05/2021

Most beautiful plant. This plant adds extra beauty in the house specially when placed with other green plants.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Abigail avatar
@Abigail
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 265 XP
06/22/2021

Bulb

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Cristina avatar
@Cristina
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
06/16/2021

💖

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Tessa avatar
@Tessa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Dunedin, Otago
06/09/2021

I killed two of the clovers and two new ones came through not long after. Love this plant 🥰

Fast grower Fast grower
Shannon avatar
@Shannon
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Churchville, Pennsylvania
05/28/2021

It is easy to care for.

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Houseplantjournal avatar
@Houseplantjournal
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 168 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
05/27/2021

Leaves will die back after a few months or a year but just replant the corms into new soil and they’ll regrow with good light

Fast grower Fast grower
Visualkelse_ avatar
@Visualkelse_
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 129 XP
globe London, England
05/25/2021

One of the first plants I purchased back in 2019. Still going strong almost 2 years later! I have propagated this plant a couple times and given the babies as a gift to other family members once they were ready to set out on their own! It’s a strong, stubborn little thing!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Jmeadkins avatar
@Jmeadkins
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 355 XP
05/21/2021

Love these! Super fun to watch how much they react to sunlight. They are quite active as they open during daylight and close at sundown. Popping up everywhere and growing like crazy! Everyone should have some.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Purpleflowers avatar
@Purpleflowers
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 107 XP
05/20/2021

These are super cute!
I’ve heard that they tend to get big, though.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Nerskine avatar
@Nerskine
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,972 XP
04/09/2021

This one is my FAVORITE. I love how she perks up during daylight hours and looks like a whole family of butterflies circling my credenza. I wasn’t sure she was going to make it, as she was shipped to Michigan in February and got delayed by the USPS, but she dusted herself off and got back in the game!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Demi avatar
@Demi
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
03/18/2021

It is so pretty but I never know if it is thriving or dying. It is a very confusing plant

Blooms easily Blooms easily

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