Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d do something fun and different with our blog today. So, here are 10 things you may not know about shamrocks.
- Shamrock is a term that comes from Seamrog, an Irish Gaelic term that means ‘little clover’.
- Shamrock refers to many species of 3-leafed plants.
- The species that are most commonly marketed to be shamrocks are wood sorrel and white clover.
- Because it’s easy to cultivate inside and outside, wood sorrel is the one that is most often labeled as a shamrock and sold during St. Patty’s Day in the US.
- White clovers are the ones that are usually called shamrocks in Ireland.
- Four-leafed shamrocks are quite rare and they’re the ones that are traditionally lucky.
- There’s only one 4-leaf clover in 10,000 clovers.
- Three-leafed clovers were used by Patrick for explaining the Holy Trinity’s concept to pagan Irish in 400 AD.
- Due to their design, clover can cover ground very fast.
- They are thought to be weeds when they are in uncontrolled environments.
I hope you enjoyed this fun little lesson about shamrocks. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you!