Tiny Shamrock - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
Question by rdom007
January 17, 2001
Is there such a thing as little tiny shamrock you can grow ?
I saw something like it in someone else's front yard and it looked very pretty and decorative. The owner called it mouse's ear in Spanish. Can you help me?

Answer from NGA
January 17, 2001


There are two plants that fit the description - Oxalis oregana (redwood sorrel) and Soleirolia soleirolii, also known as baby's tears. Redwood sorrel looks the most like shamrock, but baby's tears have tiny leaves. (You can see pictures of both in Sunset Western Garden Book, available in most libraries and bookstores.)Hope one of these is the plant you saw!

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