Shamrocks are tiny plants that grow in groups. Shamrocks are especially prevalent in Ireland (although they also grow abundantly in other locations, such as North America) and are long-connected with the Emerald Isle due to Saint Patrick having used them as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost). Hence, shamrocks have become iconic of everything related to Ireland and their images can be found in pubs, on Irish ceramics and even on the symbol for the “Fighting Irish” basketball team.
In botanic terms, shamrocks can be part of one or two species, the “Trifolium dubium” or “Trifolium repens.” Traditionally, shamrocks were used for medicinal purposes but today they are mostly grown simply for fun and visual appeal. They are sturdy plants and can thrive outside in a garden or in a pot in a house.
Shamrocks are instantly recognizable to most people but the facts about them might be lesser known. Therefore, below is a list of five facts about shamrocks.