Thursday, May 20, 2010

Looks like a purple 4 leaf clover-what type of plant is this?

I have a houseplant that I have never seen before, don’t know the name of, and would like some information on. The leaves are a dark burgundy/purple color and resemble a four leaf clover. The stems are a pale whitish color and tend to be very long and delicate enough to snap easily if mishandled. I haven’t noticed any flowers or signs that it will flower yet and I have had it for about 2-3 months. It grows fairly rapidly, with additional sprouts coming from under the soil so I am assuming it splits from the roots. It was given to me by my boyfriend’s mother but she doesn’t remember the name either. It seems to be doing ok, though I am a bit concerned that it may need a deeper pot because of the length of the stems-they are at least 3-5 inches long, and as I mentioned, are very delicate and likely to snap. If nothing else I would like to know the name of this lovely plant but if someone could even point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Looks like a purple 4 leaf clover-what type of plant is this?
Oxalis is correct, and if it is looking delicate, with really long stems you need to give it more light. Oxalis will grow in full sun or in shade outdoors, but really needs bright light or a sunny window indoors if you want it to bloom and not get leggy.
Reply:Sounds like a hybrid species of the Oxalis (Clover) family. Try to see if they can match your description.

Good luck!
Reply:It could be a type of shamrock plant

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