Margaret | Oxalis Plant | False Shamrock Houseplant

Oxalis goes by many names including false shamrock (due to her 3 part leaves) and butterfly plant and is a glorious burst of deep purple on the green dominated houseplant scene.         

Oxalis plants are very easy to care for and make a fantastic gift and each plant comes with it’s own beautiful care card. 

Margaret Loves

☼ Sunlight: A bright sunny spot 
☂ Water: Allow soil to dry out
♡ Care: Easy
◯ Pot Size: fits 13-15cm


She will arrive in a 12cm plastic growing pot, or you can add on a perfectly fitting pot to go with her – I recommend a 13-15cm pot.


6 in stock

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 Oxalis | Butterfly Plant | False Shamrock Houseplant

As her native southern hemisphere roots, she loves a good bit of sunshine, but, along with most coloured plants – not too much direct sunlight. You’ll find that the leaves turn to face the sun through the day so as long as there’s some – she’ll be fine.   

 As for watering, save that for when the soil has fully dried up.  She’s great at letting you know when she needs a top up as her leaves start to droop.  Catch it in time and she’ll perk right up.        The nickname ‘butterfly plant’ comes from the fact that she is nyctinastic – as in, her leaves close at night.  So be prepared for Margaret to open her petals once you pull apart the curtains in the morning and begin to close up again as the sun sets – I love to watch mine change through the day and it never ceases to amaze me.  She also offers the occasional reward of the daintiest little flowers in pale pink or white, a gorgeous contrast to her dark, plum leaves.  

Oxalis plants do have a ‘dormant’ or hibernation-like period every year so if she’s stopped flowering and/or growing and everything else seems OK (no root rot or pests) just leave her!  She’ll come back in a few weeks, with a reward of beautiful dainty flowers.   

 As with all our houseplants, Margaret is named after an inspiring woman. This time, Margaret Atwood – incredible novelist and author of The Handmaids Tale, a truly gripping read.   

 Oxalis can be toxic to pets if eaten in large quantities so I’d recommend keeping her out of reach of any nibbling fluffy friends.   

Standard delivery is £4.99 with FREE delivery on all orders over £50

 All products are packaged and sent within 3 working days and couriered by DHL with next-day delivery.  I will let you know when your order is on it’s way so you can track it!  The £4.99 charge is Mainland UK only – please email for shipping costs elsewhere. 

If you need your plant more urgently, please contact me at hello@femmepetale.com to see if I can offer Express Delivery for your choice.

Going Green:  All of my packaging is recyclable or reused, plants are wrapped in corrugated cardboard for protection and their pots wrapped in a compostable bag – just pop it in your food waste caddy or compost heap afterwards!  If you do spy any sneaky plastic in your order (bubble wrap, air packs etc.) rest assured they’re re-used from orders I’ve received – feel free to keep reusing!  All deliveries are carbon offset too, so you can enjoy your plant, guilt free!

As a small business, customer satisfaction is the most important thing to me.  As carefully as I pack your order, there is a small chance your items could be damaged during transit.

If soil has been displaced or a few leaves are damaged, give them a trim and your plant should be right as rain in a week or two.  If more severe damage has occurred in transit, please email me within 24 hours with photographs and I’ll be happy to support.

In order to process the refund or re-sending of any damaged item, I will need photographs of the photographic evidence of the item(s) claimed for clearly showing damage to external packaging, internal packaging, parcel label on item and damage to the item, within 7 days.  Without this information and photographs, I will be unable to process your refund or send out replacement products.

happy customers

Bought a “phoebe” plant as I can’t seem to keep houseplants alive! Delivery was amazing (plant still seemed happy!) and I even had a little freebie which I also love. Phoebe has settled in nicely in her new pot (also from Iris & Co, beautiful). Couldn’t ask for more and would definitely recommend!

5* Stacy W

Lovely plant! Super speedy delivery! My plant has settled in well. She is keeping me company as I work, and makes me a little happier when doing admin!

5* Holly M

Bought a beautiful pinstripe calathea that arrived super quickly and in great condition. There was also a hand written note and a care guide which was a very nice personal touch.

5* Sarah Smith

I ordered a houseplant from Iris & Co in the last few weeks and was very happy to receive a healthy, beautiful plant within a week of ordering. Gemma was quick to respond and very helpful. I love the info cards included with purchase that include helpful tips on how to care for each plant! Will definitely order again.

5* Tori Grigg

I ordered a house plant and pot from Gemma and am really pleased with it so far.  The website pot recommendation was really helpful and also the plant care tips that were emailed to me separately. Gemma delivered the plants herself and the presentation was beautiful. Would really recommend for any gifts (to other or self!).

5* Amelia S

Fast delivery. Detailed care card for the plant. Handwritten note was a real treat

5* Belen

Beautiful plants and excellent customer service

5* Kanye

I ordered a beautiful plant and pot. They arrived quickly and safely, they were well packaged. I absolutely love them, they look just as good as the photos on the website, I’m really pleased, thank you!

5* Claire H