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    • The Real Irish Shamrock
      • The true Irish Shamrock, as identified by Nathaniel Colgan c. 1893 is a clover. It is not one of any or many clovers, it is one species, collected from a majority of counties at that time and with the exception of a very few plants, the majority were Trifolium repens or a form of this plant – White clover also known as Dutch Clover.
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  2. Feb 6, 2020 · Legend says that St. Patrick used a three-leafed plant, probably a shamrock, to illustrate the Holy Trinity to converts to Christianity in Ireland. But because true shamrock plants don’t survive well indoors, the houseplants you see at stores this time of year are a hardy species called Oxalis regnellii, or shamrock plant.

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    • "Shamrock" a Nebulous Term. The term shamrock comes from the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, which translates as "little clover." That's rather vague, considering that there are many kinds of clovers (and even more plants that often pass as clovers).
    • Four-Leaf Clovers vs. Shamrocks. What medick, the wood sorrels, and the true clovers all have in common is a leaf made up of three leaflets. The number three is significant in the Christian religion because of the doctrine of the Trinity.
    • Clover Beneficial to Lawns. Considering the Saint Patrick's Day traditions surrounding shamrocks and four-leaf clovers, it is surprising that the clover is often looked upon as merely a common lawn weed, the killing of which we deem central to lawn care.
    • Clovers Lawns vs. Grass. The reason clover lawns don't require fertilizing, as does grass, is that these plants are nitrogen fixers. They share this ability with other cover crops in the pea family.
  3. Mar 15, 2021 · In Ireland, the term “shamrock” is generally applied to a small-leaved clover, Trifolium dubium, or sometimes another close relative, the slightly larger white clover, Trifolium repens. All clover species are noted for their ability to affix nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil through their roots.

  4. Feb 1, 2022 · Originating from the Irish word seamróg, shamrock means "young clover" and has become a symbol of Ireland. Saint Patrick is said to have viewed shamrocks as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity,...

  5. Mar 12, 2021 · In simple terms, a shamrock is a clover with three leaves. In Irish, shamrock comes from the word seamróg which means summer plant. Shamrocks were sacred to the Druids in Ireland; they had many triple deities. In the Celtic religion, three was a mystical number and the shamrock was associated with the sun wheel. Then came St. Patrick.

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