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Oxalis tetraphylla

It is also known as a four-leaf clover. It is a delicate and colorful plant, which does not usually exceed 15 cm in height, which spreads easily in vases and flower beds. 

Each of the four leaves is in the shape of a heart. And each of them also has a beautiful purple, burgundy stain near the base – a wonderful organic dye that contrasts with the green and that only nature is capable of producing.


The four leaf clover is originally from Mexico. Its natural habitat is dry soil, practically sandy, with lots of light.

The ease with which this perennial plant grows, has made it prosper throughout the world. Nowadays it is common to see it in many parts of the world, as a wild species. 


Besides looking great in vases, a Oxalis tetraphylla it is also used in coverage  more shallow.

By day the heart-leaves open to the sun. At night they fold like umbrellas. Observing the movement of this apparently fragile but actually very strong species is a lesson in life.


The super delicate and resistant flowers, are usually in shades of pink. 


Since biblical times, it has been said that the four-leaf clover carries with it good omens. This idea gained more strength in the Middle Ages, particularly in Ireland, among the Celts, who popularized the association of this plant with luck. But in fact this story has to do with plants of the genus clover Trifolium. As the name implies, these plants usually have three leaves (or leaflets), but sometimes four can appear: this is a rare event and is therefore related to luck…


Oxalis tetraphylla it is not, strictly speaking, a clover, despite looking like it and having received the same popular name.


For pet owners, fear not: a Oxalis tetraphylla not poisonous. In fact, on the contrary, there are some reports that it is edible, even for us humans!

Leaves and flowers have an acidic taste reminiscent of lemon.


Watering: Remember, our four-leaf clover originates from dry soils, so there is no need to soak the soil – especially in the early stages of planting, as there is a risk of the bulbs rotting. Just keep the soil moist – with weekly or twice-weekly watering, depending on climate and temperature.


Lighting: Oxalis tetraphylla likes direct sun. But not full sun all day long: the ideal is for the plant to get the sun in the morning and at the end of the day.



Aphids and mealybugs can attack Oxalis tetraphylla, although she is quite resilient.

To prevent this from happening, maintain regularity in watering and the soil is very rich in nutrients, with fertilization from time to time.  

Oxalis tetraphylla is perennial. So don't be alarmed if the plant dries up and doesn't sprout during the winter: it's in a dormant period. In that case, you can reduce watering and wait. When spring comes, the clover will burst, bloom and brighten the environment. 


Oxalis tetraphylla

SKU: P0135
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