DETROIT (WWJ) – A local flower shop is clearing up a misconception many people may have about Ireland’s national flower: A four leaf clover is not a shamrock.
Wesley Berry Flowers in Commerce Township says the term “shamrock” derives from the Irish word, seamrog, which translates to “little clover.”READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Helping Young Folks & Cancer Patients
The shamrock is a three leaf clover that is believed to bring good luck, while four leaf clovers are rarer and commonly mistaken for a shamrock.READ MORE: Assault Victims Protest Outside U-Michigan Board Meeting
Shamrocks were believed to possess magical properties with its three leaves, as three is a sacred number in numerology. In ancient times they were used by druids to ward off evil spirits. Druids saw the three leaf shamrock as representing body, mind, and spirit. Over time, the shamrock grew to become a symbol of Irish pride.
The shamrock was used, according to legend by St. Patrick, to represent the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.MORE NEWS: U Of M Establishes New Sexual Misconduct Policy For Employees, Students
St. Patrick was a missionary sent to convert the Irish to Christianity. After his death, St. Patrick was never officially declared a Saint by the Vatican.