Plant for Luck: All about Shamrocks, 4 Leaf Clovers, and more!

shamrock plants

With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, why not decorate your home with some traditional favorites? Bring luck home with shamrock plants, 4 leaf clovers, or create your own lucky container!


seasonal pottery craft

Creating a seasonal display of St. Patrick’s favorites is easy with the perfect containers. Mix and match hues and accents or create your own! At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have lots of green pottery varieties available in different sizes and styles.

holiday pottery ideas

To create your own, you can draw or paint your own design, or use the stencil template below. You can cut out the leaf shapes and trace them or tape and fill in the stencil with paint.


lucky stencil

Next, you will need the following supplies to get started:

  • For all planting, you will need Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Terra cotta pots
  • Oxalis (Shamrock) or Trifolium (Clover) plants
  • Paint or spray paint
  • 4 leaf clover stencil

green paint

Choose the color scheme and style that fits your home best. We went with the traditional look and added a subtle sparkle to the base coat of the terra cotta container with gold spray paint.

terra cotta pottery

First, tape off your 4 leaf clover stencil to fill in or leaves to trace. Cover the remaining container if you are spray painting.

painting stencil

After your painting is complete with enough layers to create a full and vibrant design, allow it to dry before you begin planting. Once dry, add Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil to the container. Break up the root ball gently and plant. Top off with more potting soil and water in thoroughly.

st. patricks day pottery


Oxalis: Shamrock Plant

green shamrock

Shamrock plants are unique and cool. The leaves are delicate and interesting. Available in Purple Shamrock and Green Shamrock, you can create a colorful display to honor the holiday.

green shamrock plant

Shamrock plants, or Oxalis regnelli, is a fine choice for your patio containers or even for the indoors. It requires brightly lit areas indoors and full sun to partial shade outdoors. When under too low of light or at nighttime, your plant’s leaves may droop a bit. The leaves will perk back up when they receive the correct levels of lighting. Shamrock plants produce pretty, white flowers nearly year-round. They do best in moist, well-draining soils like Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil. Water thoroughly when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.

purple shamrock

Purple Shamrock plants, or Oxalis triangularis, is another fine choice for patio containers or indoors. With the same sun and water requirements as the Shamrock plant, the Purple Shamrock plant is equally as low maintenance. The main difference is the dark purple color of the Purple Shamrock’s leaves and the lilac blooms it produces.

green pottery

Both plant varieties come in numerous sizes, perfect for apartments, patios, offices, and more.

plant tags


Trifolium 4 Luck™ Green Glow Plant


This clever little 4 leaf clover is low growing and quick spreading. The clover foliage is dark green in the center and a bright chartreuse color on the outside. It is a fine choice for a “spiller” plant for your container garden.

clover plant

Trifolium plants need a moist, well-draining potting soil like Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil and can tolerate full sun to partial shade throughout the day. It is drought-resistant and known to attract beneficial pollinators.


Set Up Your Lucky Display

clover and shamrock plants

Now that your lucky plants are home, create a gorgeous seasonal display combined with a mixture of pottery selections, colors, and plant varieties. Keep it interesting with contrasting textures, patterns, and sizes. Mix in your homemade pieces to complete the look. Luckily, after the holiday, you can re-use your fantastic pottery selections throughout the year.

purple shamrock plant

Make a fun gift for your friends, adorn your apartment with the luck of plants, or make a seasonal set up that is similar to what we would expect waiting at the end of the rainbow next to our pot of gold. Add some cute accent décor and have some fun creating!

green and white pottery

Good luck! Stop by our store nearest you for all your planting supplies. Questions? Ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at our store nearest you!