The purple shamrock is a colorful and hearty plant that adds a lot of character to the garden. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, this is a good choice for many.  It is considered “magical” because it can often bring itself back from the dead.  Pretty cool.

About the Purple Shamrock

Purple shamrock is an Oxalis triangularis which are also known as False Shamrock and the Love plant.  They have three purple heart-shaped leaves. Each has three sides that sit symmetrically to one another at the end of every petiole (or “stem”).  They are very pretty and grow quickly.

How is it magical?

Rather than being linked with the soil like many other plants, Oxalis is linked to the soil by its tiny bulbs. Forget to water it, the temperature drops too low or its living conditions are generally poor, everything above the surface will wilt and die back to take refuge in the bulbs below.

As soon as good conditions are restored the plant comes back to life incredibly quickly. This is great for those little accidents where we might forget to water our plants for several months at a time.

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purple shamrock closing leaves

Shamrock Care

The plant is dainty and elegant with pretty leaves. Everything stays compact if kept in a pot which makes it an ideal house or office plant. It has white flowers that emerge above the darker colored purple foliage below. This creates a strong contrast that really makes them stand out.

Care for the purple shamrock is very basic.  They need sunshine and occasional water, that is it.  They are not easy to find in garden centers so you don’t see them a lot which adds to their magic.  One thing to note is that they will grow fast outside and spread easily.  They don’t do well in cold weather but often the bulb will survive to come back the next spring which is a nice feature.

Garden Color

The purple shamrock has a striking color that adds character to your garden.  One more interesting tidbit is that when the sun is out the leaves open wide.  When there is less sun they close a bit making them even cooler.  Once you buy one plant, they spread so quickly you can just dig up the bulbs and move them to other planters.  This makes it a very economical choice.


Magic is everywhere!