Today being St. Patrick’s Day, I figured we should talk about four leaf clovers, or shamrocks. Today, four leaf clovers are associated with St. Patrick’s but centuries ago, they appeared as symbols of luck or good fortune. The reason four leaf clovers are so rare and popular is because there are no clover plants that naturally produce these clovers. There are about 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every lucky, four leaf clover. The cause of the fourth leaf is purely scientific, likely due to a recessive gene or a mutation still undetected.
The four leaves are said to represent faith, hope, love and luck. Ireland is considered to be home to the most four leaf clovers, hence the term “luck of the Irish”. Five leaf clovers are less common than four leaf clovers and are considered a special prize by four leaf clover collectors. The most leaves ever seen in a clover is 56 in Japan in May of 2009.