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 (
) 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 (
Native to the deserts of South Africa, this plant's emerald colored leaves look like delicate palm-like fans.
Purple and black false shamrock (
You won't miss the green when you can gaze at this dramatic color combo.
St. Patrick's Day this year with a striking shamrock plant.
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