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March 14, 2013
Lucky Plant, Lucky You
Looking to enjoy some luck of the Irish without getting a headache this St. Patrick's Day? Skip the whiskey and get a shamrock plant instead!

Easy to grow and packed with good luck, shamrock plants (Oxalis) work beautifully as houseplants. Or plant them outdoors as annuals or perennials (depending on your region) in containers and beds.

Choose from a variety of species. While some can be a bit aggressive in the garden, most are actually quite well-behaved. You can find oxalis at local garden centers this time of year, but you'll have a much wider selection if you order from an online source.

We especially like the varieties offered by Plant Delights Nursery, including:
Palm-leaf false shamrock
Palm-leaf false shamrock (Oxalis palmifrons)

Native to the deserts of South Africa, this plant's emerald colored leaves look like delicate palm-like fans.
Colander scoop
Purple and black false shamrock (Oxalis regnellii 'Triangularis')

You won't miss the green when you can gaze at this dramatic color combo.


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year with a striking shamrock plant.
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