You Don’t Have to Be Irish – Shamrock Love!

St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon.  Have you been thinking about Shamrocks?

Shortly after moving to The Land of Making Do, Painter Artist Mom (PAM) brought me a green shamrock plant like this one.  Can you believe I’d never seen one before? (I’m not Irish, so it’s understandable, right?)

Oxalis Regnelii (Lucky Shamrock)

Oxalis Regnelii (Lucky Shamrock)


After a little research, I found that shamrocks are shade-loving but thrive in warm temperatures.  In Southern states, they are considered a perennial.  In the North, you have to keep them inside year-round or dig them up before cold weather and keep them inside for the winter.  I call that dedication!

Oxalis Iron Cross

Oxalis Iron Cross


I enjoyed my shamrock planted in the pot as long as possible.  I soon found a nice shady spot in a shrub bed near the house for warmth in the winter.

After leaving my shamrock planted in the ground that winter, I was relieved that it survived.  When the green leaves started sprouting up the following year, I did a happy dance.

Lucky Gold Shamrock

Lucky Gold Shamrock


There’s one thing I’ve learned since starting on the landscaping and gardening journey in The Land of Making Do:

Just because the experts say so

doesn’t make it so.

After a particularly hard winter one year, my beautiful shamrock didn’t return.

That’s what I fear this year for its replacement – this purple shamrock (which some experts call black).

Purple Shamrock in Bloom

That picture was made in May of last year.  Isn’t she beautiful?  I love the variegation in the leaves, the contrast with the surrounding greenery, and the location in this protected spot.

Above the shamrock, the Clematis Roguchi blooms in purple.  I call it Tinkerbell.  I don’t know why, but I envision Tinkerbell flying to the bloom, waving her wand at it, and making it sparkle.  (Ting…shimmer, shimmer.)

Clematis Roguchi

I’m a little worried about Tinkerbell, too.  Did she survive our hard winter?

Did my black purple shamrock survive?  If I need another one, I can order from Amazon here.

Oxalis Triangularis (Purple Shamrock)

Oxalis Triangularis (Purple Shamrock)


You can, too, if you’d like one.  As a matter of fact, each of the source links under the pictures will take you to the order page for that type of shamrock plant.

No, Amazon isn’t paying me to advertize for them.  I just wanted to make it easy for you to order your plants (or seeds).

Will we have enough things blooming in The Land of Making Do for my What’s Blooming Wednesday posts this year?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  I hope you’ll follow along and find out.  I promise not to make you pull weeds or anything.  You can just sit and keep me company while I do the work.  I could serve your some nice, cool Southern Sweet Tea. 😉

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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I love the Purple Oxalis, so I am going to go take a peek at the price for it. I have the green one, only mine has pink flowers and yes, it comes back every year and we had one hard freeze.. it pretty much grows wild here in my yard. I think it makes a gorgeous ground cover in not so sunny and sunny spots.

    • Kim says

      Is that maybe why they call the green one “Lucky”? You’re certainly lucky to have it blooming year after year! 🙂

  2. says

    I’m thinking Tinker survived the winter just fine. We have lots of clematis that survive much harsher winters here in the north. But, keep us posted on that absolutely beautiful shamrock. The colors are exquisite. I love plants with those deep purplish/blackish colors and tones.

    Thanks for sharing your garden tips with us, Kim, at Project Inspire{d}!

    • Kim says

      Diane, after this post, I was weeding and noticed some green coming from the ground. Yay! Tink is growing…we’ll see about the shamrock, though. Time will tell.