Thinking of Ireland Today

This post, “Thinking of Ireland Today” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 




On this day, everyone wants to be Irish, and our thoughts turn to everything green.  When it comes to plants and Ireland, we first think of shamrocks.  Shamrocks (oxalis deppie) require moist soil, bright shade, and cool temperatures.  They are a bulb, and so they will go dormant, only to pop up again and bloom their lovely white flowers.  I have a small pot of this plant that has lasted for years, but, you might know, it is not in bloom for St. Patrick’s Day.


Another plant that conjures up pictures of Eire is Bells of Ireland, (even though it is from western Asia).  Its flowers are a symbol of good luck.  I have been tempeted to try and grow this as a cool season annual.  Bells of Ireland (molucella laevis) is an old-fashioned plant that makes a great cut flower. This far South, I would have to sow the seeds in fall and overwinter the plants.  They require cool temps, well-drained, moist soil, and full sun.  It is in the mint family, and the seedlings look like mint plants.  They are an unusual lime green which makes them ideal for the garden, for arrangements, and as dried flowers.


Irish moss is another plant that reminds us of Ireland.  Irish moss (sagina subulata) is one of those plants whose name does not help identify it.  It is not a moss.  It looks like moss, but it flowers, something true moss never does.  This plant grows best in sun or very bright shade.  It is perfect for rock gardens as long as it does not dry out.


So this Irish lass always thinks of these and old Ireland, at this time of the year.


1 Comment

  1. linnie said,

    March 17, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from one Irish lass to another. Erin Go Bragh!

    Linnie from Destrehan, LA 3/17/08

    Back at you, Linnie.

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