Friday, March 11, 2011
The Illusive Shamrock
Before this story goes any further, let's mention that I spent 4 years getting a degree in plant science. So sometimes I think I know what I'm doing when it comes to plants. Other times I find out I'm still a baby in the huge world of plants.
clover like the ones I used to spend hours combing through hoping to find a 4-leafed one. Much likely, the same thing our local nursery offered me (but instead I chose to pay much more money for the official Irish packaging and a few seeds).
The shamrock I bought is really a false shamrock native to South America and is actually a tuber. Which obviously means when I was looking for shamrock seeds I was way off.
Let's clarify one more time. If you plant those seeds you will not get that plant.
While I wish I was hoping to share a great St. Patrick's Day idea of planting shamrock seeds and ending up with a beautiful plant, I'm not. Instead you are getting a valuable lesson in Oxalis sp and Trefolium sp. a little plant knowledge to get you pepped up for spring!
I'm a nerd. There is no other explanation.