Grow your own shamrocks


By Caitlin Murray Giles


The symbol of St. Paddy's Day is officially known as the oxalis plant. So start your St. Paddy's Day planning with some homegrown fun.


  • An oxalis plant (comes in many varieties including Irish Mist and Iron Cross; commonly available at nurseries and florists during the month of March)
  • Potting soil
  • Decorative pot
  • Water as needed


Pick up an oxalis plant at your local nursery or florist and plant it in a decorative pot to bring good luck to your family this March. Although this houseplant is commonly associated with St. Patrick's Day because of the four-lobed, heart-shaped leaves, oxalis is actually native to South America. The oxalis is easy to grow-it prefers abundant sunshine and moist but not wet soil.

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