With Saint Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we thought it would be a perfect time to introduce you to these beautiful lucky plants! The shamrock, or Oxalis is native primarily to southern Africa and tropical south America but with over 850 different species they can be traced all over the world. The Oxalis’ name is derived from the Greek word for acid because, when consumed, the leaves give off a bitter taste. Be careful though, because if consumed in large quantities, this plant can cause poisoning in in pets so make sure to keep them out of reach.
Shamrocks are a relatively easy plant to care for, and is known to live through generations. This plant is a bulb plant, so it doesn’t like to sit in water. Watering around once a week should be sufficient and let is dry about halfway before giving it another dose. Oxalis do very well in an east facing window where they will receive high, indirect light. Under proper conditions, this plant will sprout beautiful little flowers that can vary from white to purple depending on the species.
If you plan on growing your oxalis outdoors, these perennials are a perfect filler plant for rock gardens, shady borders and woodland gardens. They do best in shady areas or a place where they will get morning light. Many people believe that shamrocks are annuals, but this is a common misconception. Shamrocks go into a dormant phase over the winter where their watering can be decreased until they start sprouting again.
If you think that a shamrock would be a good fit for your home or garden, you can head on over to Incahoots where we have three different varieties of shamrock (triangularis, regnellii and iron cross) that come in 4″ pots for $4.99!