Tuesday Mar 17, 2020 By: Jen
HISTORY BEHIND THE FOUR LEAF CLOVER
The charm of the four leaf clover started as far back as the middle ages. The first literary reference to suggest their good fortune was back in 1620, by Sir. John Melton. Celtic priests used to carry shamrocks in their pockets to ward off evil spirits, and children believed they would bring magic and luck.
- The odds of finding a four leaf clover are one in 10,000
- There are over 300 species of clover
- The four leaves are known to symbolize faith, hope, love and luck
- A shamrock is a clover with three leaves
- The shamrock has been the symbol of Ireland since the 18th century
- There is a shamrock on the flag of Montreal, representing the Irish community. The city’s coat of arms was first displayed back in 1935
- The shamrock was used by Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland in the 5th century. The three leaves of a shamrock were used as a metaphor for the holy trinity
- The Montreal Shamrock’s were an amateur hockey league between 1886 and 1924.
- The St. Patrick Basilica in Montreal was built in 1847. The interior is heavily ornamented with shamrocks.
Oxalis, also known as false shamrock is a genus of clover that performs well as an indoor plant.
- Indoor oxalis prefer bright light, moist soil, and cool temperatures
- Purple oxalis varieties prefer less light than their green cousins
- The plants namesake comes from its high oxalic acid content
- If your plant is thriving, it is easy to repot and propagate. All you need to do is divide a clump of the bulbs and place in new containers with proper soil.