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St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks Bring Luck O' The Irish To Flowers 

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You probably recognize the shamrock as a symbol of St. Patrick's 
Day, so why not add a bit of that Irish luck to your St. 
Patrick's Day flowers? Believe it or not, many florists do 
keep a supply of shamrocks on hand...

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St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks Bring Luck O' The Irish To Flowers 
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers

You probably recognize the shamrock as a symbol of St. Patrick's 
Day, so why not add a bit of that Irish luck to your St. 
Patrick's Day flowers? Believe it or not, many florists do keep a 
supply of shamrocks on hand to add to bouquets and arrangements 
ordered for St. Patrick's Day. Well, at least they carry 
something that passes for shamrocks... A closer look at the 
shamrock and the legends surrounding it reveals that finding the 
"true shamrock" requires more than just the luck brought by a 
four-leaf clover.

The origin of the word "shamrock" is in the Irish word seamrog, 
which means "little clover." While it's a lovely name, it's not 
particularly descriptive considering that there are numerous 
kinds of clovers and even some plants that are recognized as 
clovers by the general public, though botanically they are not. 
Even the folks living in Ireland have some difficulty agreeing on 
what a shamrock truly is. In a survey conducted by Tippitwitchet 
Cottage at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin 
showed that Irish believe the shamrock to be one of four plants:

 * 46 percent believe it is the lesser trefoil, or hop clover;

 * 35 percent say it's the white clover;

 * 7 percent think it's the black medick (which isn't a clover 
   at all, merely a clover-like plant); and,

 * 4 percent believe the shamrock is the red clover.

Why the division over what the shamrock really is? Well, that may 
come from the legend of the shamrock itself. The story goes that 
Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a visual aid to explaining the 
Christian belief of the doctrine of the Trinity. Shamrocks have 
three leaves united by one stalk, which Saint Patrick pointed out 
during his lesson.

Now, you're probably scratching your head and thinking, "Three 
leaves? What about the 'lucky four-leaf clover'?" Ah, that's 
where things become even more confusing. Technically speaking, a 
four-leaf clover cannot be a shamrock because of the very fact 
that it has four leaves and doesn't conform to the definition 
originated in the Saint Patrick legend. The idea of the lucky 
four-leaf clover actually originates not through Christian 
tradition, but through Pagan beliefs. Ancient Druids were said to 
have propagated this belief because they held the four-leaf 
clover as a Celtic charm against malevolent spirits.

Three leaf, four leaf, shamrock, clover-whatever the case may be, 
shamrocks or what passes for them make a beautiful addition to 
any St. Patrick's Day flower arrangement or bouquet. So, remember 
to ask your florist to add the luck o' the Irish to your St. 
Patrick's Day flowers! 

Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
web at



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