Shamrock is a plant that has been traditionally used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also known as clover, which is a type of legume that grows in cool climates.
The most common shamrock species are white clover (Trifolium repens), red clover (Trifolium pratense), and black medick (Medicago lupulina).
The name “shamrock” comes from the Irish word for the plant: seamrog. The name was used by early Irish monks to refer to the Holy Trinity because of the three leaves on each stem.
The leaves of shamrock plants are small and oval shaped. They’re covered with hairs that give them a fuzzy appearance. The leaves grow in opposite pairs on stems that can be anywhere from two inches to four feet tall depending on the variety of shamrock plant you’re growing. Each pair consists of one leaf with three lobes and another leaf with two lobes.
Shamrock plants produce flowers that look like those found on other types of clover plants except they’re smaller and have only one petal instead of two or four like other types of clover do when they bloom during springtime when temperatures are mild so don’t expect any flowers until.
Last modified: November 3, 2022