I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them.
I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master.
I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.
Reginald Farrer, In a Yorkshire Garden, 1909

Friday, March 9, 2012

Purple shamrock

Purple shamrock on ground
Okay, lets move from blue to purple now. This is my purple shamrock. I like the unique shape of the leaves (as you can see from the pic). It looks like the Irish shamrock clover doesn't it? I am not sure if its the same species or just look alike. Hope someone can tell me. Scientifically, its known as Oxalis atropurpurea.

I had always like unique shaped leaves and colored plants. How often do we actually see leaves that are not green in color? Plants like this catches my eye no matter how far corner its tucked in a nursery.

If I remember correctly, I believe I bought this plant at a local nursery and it was in a plastic pot. It was still small but growing healthily and even has flowers. So after I bought and brought it home, I replanted it into the ground (as in pic above). I knew rather little about the characteristics of the plant to be honest.

I then started observing its behavior. I noticed the stem is exceptionally weak. It cannot stand up to rain water. Each time I water the plant and when rain falls, the stems would just fall down. I then realized that this is a plant more suitable in a container and placed under a covered rooftop. Anyway, I left it as it is and there were one time when the whole plant died off, probably due to disease. I thought oh no that is the end of my purple shamrock. But after a week or two, I saw new shoots coming out. Was indeed surprised and excited.

The flower
Since then, I have just let it be and its been growing well although the stems can't stand up properly. And here, you can see the tiny flower. Its pretty small, a bit smaller than my blue butterfly flower. Its definitely a plant worth having as it is low maintenance and will certainly add color to the garden. I wonder if it can root via stem cutting. Have never tried it before but its worth a try perhaps when my friends come asking for it.


  1. This is a beautiful plant. The leaves look like butterfly wings. To know more about this plant, you can google or check out the following links:

    1. Daves Garden - http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1241/#b

    2. Plant of the week - http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week021.shtml

  2. yes, it does look like butterfly wings. Thanks for the additional links. Will surely check them out.

  3. Hi we have a purple shamrock, its beautiful and grows inside but we've never had flowers, is there something we are doing wrong! Please help


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