Oxalis plant is also known as a shamrock, hulisoppu, Amrul, sivergee, changeri. This plant is easy to grow, Sometimes It can be considered as a weed and is a perennial plant.
Oxalis is an Indian herb, with multiple benefits the plant. It is a very effective herb used for treating liver and stomach problems in Ayurvedic medicinal system.
It is very short and spreads around. The leaves are 2 to 10 inch long, and grow on short stems. The leaves grow in group of three. Leaves of this Oxalis plant are edible with sour taste just like taste of lemons.
This oxalis plant is richest source of vitamin C, B, Potassium, oxalic acid and also rich in water, fat, proteins, calcium, phosphorous and iron.
This plant has self-pollinating flowers that have capacity to grow fast in open grasslands. This Oxalis plant is grown as a houseplant but can be grown outside preferably in light shade. Keep your Oxalis Plant in a filtered bright to medium light but away from direct light.
Plant care of oxalis plant
I. Soil Condition
Soil should remain lightly moist during times of growth. water 2 to 3 times a month, allowing soil to dry out between watering.
The plant will grow best if it gets a 2-3 hours of sunlight every day. Afternoon shade is ideal. The leaves of oxalis may wilt slightly in the afternoon sun but recover quickly as the cooler temps come later in the day.
III. Watering and Fertilizer Needs
Oxalis likes a moist soil that drains well but does not like to be in a soggy spot. Bulbs will rot easily if the soil is too wet, so be careful of over watering. Don’t underwater though, especially in the middle of summer. Fertilize regularly during the growing season with a normal plant food at half strength.
5 Amazing Benefits of oxalis plant
- Good for digestion.
This plant has got a lot of fiber hence good for digestion and any other digestive disorders. The leaves of this plant can be chewed to stop this problem or better still, it can be boiled.
2. Anti microbial properties of oxalis plants.
The leaves of this plant have anthocyanins abundant therefore possess antimicrobial property.
3. Remedy for bleeding.
For those women with bleeding problems, oxalis is the best medicine to stopthe problem. It is also good for women with hemorrhoids. Women who eat a lot of oxalis are said to free from hemorrhoids and excessive bleeding.
4. Relieves insect bites.
An insect bite can be itchy and cause irritation to your skin. Applying oxalis to the area affected by the bite can relieve the irritation. It can also be used to treat ringworms
5. Reduce the Risk of Headache, Migraine.
Oxalis plant leaves Holds high significance in providing relief from chronic headache, tension, migraine etc.