The purple clover, a real decorative lucky charm!

The purple clover, a real decorative lucky charm!

Botanists call it Oxalys, others call it clover or false clover, but all agree on its magnificent purple color. With its beautiful triangular leaves and pale pink flowers that contrast with its dark foliage, the Oxalys purple is a small decorative marvel at home, but also on the terrace and in the garden…

An extremely decorative clover

If it is not yet proven that the four-leaf clover brings good luck, nobody questions the highly decorative virtues of purple oxalys. In the forests of Latin America where it was discovered in the early 19th century, this bulbous plant has beautiful light green triangular leaves, but over time the horticulturalists have managed to select cultivars of an intense purple color, slightly mottled with pink. Thus adorned with his evening clothes, this "faux-clover" set off to conquer gardeners and decoration enthusiasts, who appreciate its beautiful foliage as much as its delicate summer flowering and its habit of folding up its leaves at nightfall to redeploy them at daybreak…

© Les greenies Green plant or decorative accessory?

How to grow oxalys as a houseplant?

At home, the purple oxalys is cultivated like a green plant, even if it has no color! Like amaryllis or daffodils, this bulbous plant can be bought in a bulb in the spring and can be planted in a large pot filled with light soil, possibly mixed with a little sand. Then you have to find the ideal location for this clover, which must be both very bright and without direct sunlight. Too much sun would indeed burn it, while the lack of light would be responsible for a timid or even non-existent flowering. Demanding, the oxalys requires regular watering, so that its soil always remains moist: if you are afraid of forgetting, a tank pot is ideal. In spring and summer, it appreciates a little organic fertilizer in its irrigation water every two weeks, like your other indoor plants for that matter! At the end of October, at the beginning of November, the oxalys claims its well-deserved annual rest period! Even if you would still like to enjoy it a bit, arm yourself with pruning shears to cut its foliage and place the bulb in the cellar or in a dry, dark, cool and frost-free room ... And at the end of February, go out -It's wintering by replanting it and watering it copiously ... Let's go for a new cycle!

© An ideal plant for curiosity cabinets!

How to cultivate oxalys in the garden?

If it has left its tropical forest for a long time, the oxalys has remained terribly chilly! Negative temperatures being mostly fatal, it can only be cultivated in the open ground in regions with a mild climate. Less invasive than the other oxalys, it still tends to take its ease, the ideal is therefore to cultivate it in a pot on the terrace and to bring it in veranda when the temperatures drop. Like at home, prefer a cool and light soil and a light exposure without direct sun. In autumn, dig up the bulbs and store them frost-free with your dahlias bulbs… Once this habit is taken, you can then take advantage of your oxalys from one season to the next and see that they bloom a little more each year !