Day 88: Oxalis triangularis

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


This purple-leaved beauty is the big-brother to our native wood sorrels – the creeping, yellow-flowered little shamrocks with the lemon scented foliage that winkle their way into walls and paving cracks, from where they refuse to budge. Oxalis triangularis on the other hand, is a rather more impressive affair from Brazil, with large, triangular shaped leaflets that look like so many plum-coloured butterfiles in flight. It’s one of those houseplants that suit me down to the ground, as it rarely complains at being underwatered, and has always recovered speedily from periods of unintended drought.

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