The Surprising Significance & History of the Four-Leaf Clover
Mar 26, 2017 01:00PM
By Melanie Heisinger
To find out more, we turned to FourLeafClover.com.
Facts about Real Four Leaf Clovers
Did you know that there are several, similar varieties of clovers?
According to FourLeafClover.com, "Real, genuine four-leaf clovers come from the White Clover plant, trifolium repens, considered to be the Original Shamrock. You may find others selling leaves as four-leaf clovers that are not genuine. These are actually Pepperwort or Water Clover (Marsilea Quadrifolia and Marsilea Polycarpa) or Oxalis (Oxalis deppei or Oxalis tetraphylla) plants that produce all four leaves. Another way of identifying a real four-leaf clover is that the fourth leaf is usually smaller than the other three leaves."
Once you find a genuine four-leaf clover, each leaf has it's own significance. One leaf is for FAITH... The second for HOPE... The third for LOVE... And the fourth for LUCK.In Irish tradition the Shamrock or 3-leaf Clover represents the Holy Trinity: one leaf for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit.
A Little History of the Four-Leaf Clover
Clover Science and Technology". N.L. Taylor, 1985. Druids held the 4 leaf clover in high esteem and considered them a sign of luck. In 1620, Sir John Melton wrote: "If a man walking in the fields find any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing. The mystique of the four leaf clover continues today, since finding a real four leaf clover is still a rare occurrence and omen of good luck.
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