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.

  1. Shamrock is a term that comes from Seamrog, an Irish Gaelic term that means ‘little clover’.
  2. Shamrock refers to many species of 3-leafed plants.
  3. The species that are most commonly marketed to be shamrocks are wood sorrel and white clover.
  4. 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.
  5. White clovers are the ones that are usually called shamrocks in Ireland.
  6. Four-leafed shamrocks are quite rare and they’re the ones that are traditionally lucky.
  7. There’s only one 4-leaf clover in 10,000 clovers.
  8. Three-leafed clovers were used by Patrick for explaining the Holy Trinity’s concept to pagan Irish in 400 AD.
  9. Due to their design, clover can cover ground very fast.
  10. 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!

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