Grow your own shamrocks

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.


Pick up an oxalis plant at your local nursery or florist andplant it in a decorative pot to bring good luck to your family thisMarch. 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 togrow-it prefers abundant sunshine and moist but not wet soil.


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