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Four-leaf Clover (and other St. Patrick’s Day) Fun Facts

The four-leaf clover is one of the most recognizable St. Patrick’s Day symbols. Traditionally, a clover leaf has three leaflets and Four_Leaf_Clover_Fun_Facts.jpgwhen a lead has four leaflets, it is thought to bring good luck. Here at Weed Pro, we wanted to pass along some good luck and smiles to you this St. Patrick’s Day with some four-leaf clover, and other St. Patrick’s Day, fun facts!

  • Four-leaf clovers are centuries-old legends of good luck and the first literary reference to suggest their good fortune was made in 1620 by Sir John Melton.
  • Four-leaf clovers are approximately one in 10,000 in comparison to the common three leaf clover.
  • No clover plants actually produce four leaves naturally, that’s why four-leaf clovers are so rare.
  • The four leaves of the clover stand for: faith, hope, luck, and love.
  • In the Irish Flag, green stands for Catholics, orange for Protestants, and white for the wish of harmony.
  • Ireland is said to be the home of four-leaf clovers, giving meaning to the phrase “the luck of the Irish.”
  • Although, St. Patrick is known for introducing Ireland to Christianity in 432, he was actually British. Patrick was believed to have been born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
  • Four-lead clovers were considered Celtic charms to warn off bad luck with magical protection.
  • In the Middle Ages, children were believed to have seen fairies if they saw a four-leaf clover
  • If you give someone a four-lead clover, it is believed that your luck with double.
  • 16th US President, Abraham Lincoln carried a four-leaf clover with him everywhere for good luck. However, on the night he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth he was not carrying it.
  • Unlike most plants, clover, three-leaved or four, can take nitrogen from the air and fix it to use for growth with the help of special rhizomes in their roots.
  • Shamrocks are a part of this holiday, because St. Patrick used a three-leaf clover to plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
  • Not really everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but 33.3 million people are and that is seven times Ireland’s total population.

 

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