Burgundy Shamrock

The Shamrock of Lazarus

Some plants can be said to be hardy, others delicate and needy. Orchids can be such a beast, needy. Other houseplants, like Spider Plants and Philodendron’, less so.

Flowering ShamrockThe Oxalis, well, this lovely gem stands somewhat on its own. It tis BOTH hardy and delicate, though not at all needy. Just water when dry. And…the best part…is it’s difficult to kill. Oh, you may believe because there are no leaves above ground that she be a goner, but NO, keep watering as you were, give it some light, and surely as Lazarus from his tomb of stone, she will arise.

You may be watering dirt for 2 months, people may call you strange, but do not refrain, maintain your belief, and she will arise.

Often marketed as shamrocks or Lucky Charm plants, Oxalis spp. are unrelated to the genuine Irish shamrock—a strain of white clover (Trifolium repens).
SOURCE: Canadian Gardening]


Her dainty beauty, the arching stems of green, the hints of burgundy on the one, hints of green on the other, are a beautiful addition to an outdoor room.

This wee gem is so versatile, that you can even dig the bulblets up and transplant them into a shady planter, and she will come back gleeful and pretty.

Wood sorrel is an edible wild plant that has been consumed by humans around the world for millennia. In Dr. James Duke’s Handbook of Edible Weeds, he notes that the Kiowa Indian tribe chewed wood sorrel to alleviate thirst on long trips, that the Potawatomi Indians cooked it with sugar to make a dessert, the Algonquin Indians considered it an aphrodisiac, the Cherokee ate wood sorrel to alleviate mouth sores and a sore throat, and the Iroquois ate wood sorrel to help with cramps, fever and nausea.

Hardy to Zone 6 in Canada – for a list of species, history and other info see – WIKIPEDIA | OXALIS

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