Shamrocks or Oxalis?

In this month of March, when Irish heritage is celebrated, we frequently see plants for sale called “shamrocks”, but are they?

What is a shamrock? The term comes from the Gaelic word “seamrog” which means “little clover.”

The early Celtic peoples considered shamrocks as a charm against evil spirits, and this pagan tradition was adapted by Christian missionaries to represent the symbol of the Trinity. It is now an emblem of Ireland.

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