Triangular wood sorrel, Purple wood sorrel, False shamrock
The plant Oxalis triangularis is up to 20 to 40 cm tall. The leaves are three foliates and petioles are 5-15 cm. the leaflets are inverted and triangular in structure. It is sessile with dark purple and a glossy appearance (2).
Oxalis triangularis health benefits
1. Antimicrobial properties of Oxalis triangularis
The leaves of this plant have anthocyanins abundant and therefore possess antimicrobial properties. The extract showed broad-spectrum antibacterial activity against all bacteria tested including Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella typhimurium (3).
2. Health benefits of acetylated anthocyanins present in the leaves
The leave of Oxalis triangularis contains acetylated anthocyanins called malvidin (4). These anthocyanins are in huge demand in the food colorant markets. As it gives a great alternative to artificial color and is also a very potent antioxidant (5).
How to grow Oxalis triangularis
The plant Oxalis triangularis mainly propagates via bulbs. The propagation of this plant is very simple and easy (6).
- Take a full-grown plant and dig it up from a container or soil.
- Gently remove the plant and wash it under running tap water.
- Select the most healthy bulb with 2 to 3 shots and cut it properly with a sterilized blade or knife.
- Pot the bulb in a fresh container having fresh fertile and well-drained soil.
- Irrigate the plant for a few days until little Oxalis shoots come out. (Note: Do not overwater).
Important note: Oxalis triangularis is susceptible to fungal problems. When grown in a damp or shady environment such as powdery mildew, rust, and fungal leaf spot (7).