I've had a "shamrock" plant sitting on my deck for years. I put
"shamrock" in quotes because I don't know what real Irish shamrock
is, but I bought this in California and I'm quite certain it's some
kind of oxalis. It usually looks like the one in this photo:
However, as of a couple of days ago, mine looks like this:
I found a little bit of snail slime inside the pot, but the plant
has been sitting in the same spot for a long time with no previous
problems of the flowers and leaves disappearing, despite the presence
of snails in the area for years. Also, I think a snail would have to
be pretty small to make it up those thin stalks. This plant was eaten
within two or three days.
The only other things I can think of that could have eaten that much
that quickly are squirrels and raccoons. Are either of them interested
in oxalis? A quick Google search didn't turn up anything.
I've got the plant up on a garden toolbox right now, and I can leave
it there so it can regrow, but I'm still curious what could have done
so much damage in just a couple of days! Any ideas?