|The flowers of Oxalis Grand Duchess versicolor |
(candy cane shamrock) are tiny.
|Candy cane shamrock's unsightly stems.|
|How the candy cane shamrock got its name.|
|Oxalis adenophylla blooms in 10 weeks.|
I planted the tiny bulbs in mid-November, and by the end of January, I had both leaves and flowers. Silver shamrock could be grown for its leaves, but its flowers are worth waiting for. Unlike most common shamrocks, its flowers are bigger than the leaves, and painted with a thumb-smudge of pale purple at the edge of each petal.
|Oxalis 'Plum Crazy' is easy to love.|
Oxalis 'Plum Crazy' is one tough plant. After making it through the winter as a houseplant, I grew it outdoors in a planter with other residents where it held its own and spread an appreciable amount. There is nothing to worry about with this Oxalis becoming to aggressive, as it is not hardy north of Zone 8.
|Oxalis Iron Cross accents this |
gaudy Scadoxus flower.
Another extremely easy shamrock to grow from a bulb is Oxalis tetraphylla Iron Cross, or lucky shamrock. I planted the tubers around the outer edge of a pot that held a Scadoxus (blood lily) bulb around mid-March, and the leaves began to poke out around four weeks later.
|Give Oxalis Iron Cross full sun outdoors in summer for a flower reward.|
Whether you grow shamrocks for indoors or out, for their leaves or for their flowers, they're charming little bulbs to try and are more readily available than used to be.