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: Legislature Again OKs Tax Cuts; Whitmer Floats $500 Rebate
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: 'Ride For Equity’ Detroit To Mackinaw City Raises Equitable Funding For Black Business Awareness
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: Wayne County Man Wins $1M On Scratch Off Lottery Ticket
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.