4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

There’s a reason why one of the most popular symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the four leaf clover. For centuries, the rare little clover has been used as a good luck charm. Known for their “magical” ability to keep evil spirits away and prevent bad luck, four leaf clovers were said to have been carried by Ireland’s Celtic ancestors. It’s even said that the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” refers to the fact that Ireland is home to the most four leaf clovers on the planet. Even though the three-leafed shamrock is the true symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, four leaf clovers have been known to steal the spotlight. While you probably shouldn’t wear the four leaf clover this Friday, you can still learn these 4 fun facts about the good luck charm.

4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

Exactly How Rare Are Four Leaf Clovers?

It’s typically said that you have a 1-in-10,000 chance of finding a four leaf clover. This is based on a general scientific estimate. People have actually been known to find several four leaf clovers growing right in their yard or garden, while others have searched many fields without stumbling on a single lucky charm–or worse, picking up the wrong clover.

Of course, in the search for four leaf clovers, some people are just luckier than others. According to Guinness World Records, the current record holder for the most four leaf clovers found is held by Edward Martin Sr, who picked the vast majority of his 111,060 four leaf clovers in Alaska. The record has likely grown. It was last updated in 2007.

What Country Has the Most Four Leaf Clovers?

Many people think the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” stems from the idea that there are more four leaf clovers in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. Such a thing would be difficult to verify, and there definitely have been quite a few lucky charms found in other parts of the globe. More importantly, the term “The Luck of the Irish” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. It actually first appeared in America during the Gold Rush.

Did Abraham Lincoln Carry A Four Leaf Clover?

One of the most popular facts about four leaf clovers is that Abraham Lincoln carried a four leaf clover at all times. According to the popular legend, President Lincoln forgot to bring his good luck charm with him to Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated. He isn’t the only famous leader in history linked to the four leaf clover. It’s also believed that Napoleon luckily avoided an assassination attempt by bending down to pick one.

Where Does That Fourth Leaf Come From?

If you’re wondering why four leaf clovers are so rare, you’d have to look at their genetic traits. According to researchers, the regular three leaf clover (one of hundreds of clover species, and known as Trifolium repens, or the “white clover”) actually possess a gene that allows for a fourth leaf to grow. However, these clovers also have a more dominant gene that thwarts the fourth leaf from sprouting. Only rarely do fourth leaves break free.


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Items We Adore: St. Patrick’s Day Product Picks

March is shaping up to fit the old saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Of course we don’t know how the end of the month will be yet, but we can plan for the middle regardless of the weather. St. Patrick’s Day can help us survive the snow (or at least forget about it for a day) — and this week, we’re getting ready for it with our favorite holiday products. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: St. Patrick’s Day Product Picks:

Garden-Gnome

Gnome with Interchangeable Holiday Hats wears a festive green jacket and carries a lantern. Display him bald with a frog on his head, add a leprechaun hat for St. Patrick’s Day or whichever season you’re celebrating!

Spring-Florals-Swag

Give your guests an Irish welcome with Spring Floral Swag. It features colorful blossoms and foliage cascading down from a themed image. For use indoors or on a front door protected by a storm door.

Irish-Cooking-Recipe-Book

Indulge in delicious meals from the Emerald Isle with the Irish Cooking Recipe Book. It features over 75 sensational recipes for everyday family meals and special occasions. Learn how to cook classic dishes, tasty pub fare, hearty breakfasts, main-dish soups, homemade breads and more. You’ll find plenty of recipes to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or any day.

Inspirational-Irish-Bracelet

The Inspirational Irish Bracelet is a thoughtful gift of friendship she can wear year ’round. Various green, white, pearl, clear and silver beads make up the band with a dangling Celtic knot heart charm. Three large beads read “Friendship”, “Laughter” and “Love.” The gift box has a card inscribed with a heartfelt poem.

Personalized-Irish-Plaques

The Personalized Irish Plaque proudly puts your heritage on display. This charming wall decor features fun and traditional sentiments along with your family name. The wooden plaque is adorned with Celtic symbols, shamrocks and vibrant shades of green. Choices of two Irish Pub Signs, Irish Blessings, or Irish Family Wishes