Shamrock Plant Dying

During the daytime, the 3 leaves are open and flat. In the late afternoon, they fold down. The stems are scrawny, but hold up the leaves just fine. The blossoms are thin, white, and fade in a day or 2. It likes to be watered once weekly. Mom has a large one and 2 smaller ones, all in pots. What is it, and how do we care for it?


Hi Jason,

Learn why a green Shamrock plant is dying and how to help make this clover looking plant, with white flowers, grow better.

Your plant is a green Shamrock plant. Oxalis is the scientific name. Clover plant is the nickname. The leaves fold up when the light decreases at night. There is also a purple Shamrock plant and several other varieties. These are bulb plants and while you think your Shamrock plant is dying, it is really starting its resting or dormant phase. After all of the leaves have died, stop watering and move your plant to a cool, low- light area. Green shamrock plants need to rest for 2-3 months while purple shamrock plants need only about a month. After your 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 balanced houseplant food diluted to ½ the recommended strength. Shamrock plants may go dormant several times a year. You can read all my care tips for growing a Shamrock plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

Thin, green, three petaled clover looking leaves and small white flowers on Shamrock plant