Shamrock Plant Dies Back & Regrows

Trying to identify my houseplant. It fully grows, dies off and regrows. Always in cycles. Just a leafy green, opens during the day, closes at night. Has a cluster of individual red roots.


Hi JD,


You’re a great artist but could you possibly email a picture of the real plant? From the picture(cute as it is) and your description, it sounds like a Shamrock Plant (Oxalis regnelli) as shown below. Some Shamrock Plants have purple leaves (Oxalis triangularis).

Green Shamrock Plant
Shamrock Plant

After a Shamrock Plant blooms, the leaves turn yellow, droop, and need to be pulled off. This usually occurs in the late fall. While your Shamrock Plant appears to be dying, it is really going into a resting or dormant phase. Once all of the leaves have died, stop watering and move your Shamrock Plant to a cool area with low light. Green Shamrock Plants need to rest for 2-3 months while Purple Shamrock Plants need to rest for about one month. After your Shamrock Plant has rested for the appropriate amount of time, move it back into bright indirect light and water as usual. Once new growth appears, fertilize with a basic houseplant food at ½ the recommended strength. Shamrock Plants may go dormant several times a year.

Here’s a link to read more of my care tips for a Shamrock Plant.