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The Shamrock

shamrockWhen I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of green beer, leprechauns and shamrocks.  I thought I’d do a little research on Shamrocks.  I always think that if I don’t know about things, perhaps you don’t either.  We are actually learning together.  Thank you for joining me on our journey.

St. Patrick Used The Shamrock As Symbolism

St. Patrick actually used the shamrock to illustrate the Christian concept of The Holy Trinity.  Most think of a 4 leaf clover as good luck, however, if the 3 leaf clover was used to explain such an important religious concept, perhaps I’ll re-think the matter.

Plant Name –  Oxalis

In our part of the world a shamrock is commonly known as Oxalis and is most often considered a weed in your lawn unless you choose to raise it as an indoor container plant.  As an indoor plant it likes sunlight, cooler temps and enjoys a barely moist soil.  This sounds like a house plant I might be able to raise.

So it’s a weed outside when it unintentionally grows but a decoration when it’s brought indoors and cultivated.  LOL.

Oxalis have a clover shaped leaf and can be found in shades of green, red, purple and combinations in between.  At night and during cloudy weather the leaves close up.

Uses of Shamrocks in Florida Landscaping

In Florida Oxalis can be used as a perennial.  Used in this scenario they are dormant in the winter and will bloom in Spring.   This is quite fitting since Shamrocks are a symbol of rebirth which the central theme of the entire Spring season.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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