Spring is perhaps the most beautiful time of year, as it’s the premier time of year for budding flora and all sorts of natural awakenings that bring with them vibrant colors, bright hues and gorgeous aesthetics. Spring is also a celebratory season as well and we have excellent holidays to usher in the springtime celebration, including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. And, as you might have realized by now, both of these holidays incorporate special flora that have become iconic in our interpretation of these celebrations.
Perhaps the most iconic image that you’ll see this spring is the shamrock—or, the Ornamental Oxalis as it’s known by the scientific community! shamrocks are synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, but do you know why? Moreover, do you know what makes a shamrock unique and special? Read on to learn all about this wonderful plant!
Lore and culture
As is the case with most symbolism that relates to our holidays, we have to go a long way back to learn about the significance of the shamrock. Really, the first instance of a link between St. Patrick and a shamrock can be seen in 1675, on the St. Patrick’s Coppers—the equivalent to our modern penny. The coins show St. Patrick holding a shamrock and the best guess is that it’s meant to symbolize the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
The shamrock has come a long way from the back of a copper coin and today, during the month of March, it’s nearly impossible to walk into a flower shop in Washington County, NE without seeing these little beauties everywhere! That’s because today, the meaning of the shamrock has evolved into a symbol of joy, happiness, luck and prosperity.
Special meanings and symbolism
It seems as though the entire modern holiday of St. Patrick’s Day revolves around the Ornamental Oxalis. Does wearing a shamrock t-shirt on St. Patrick’s Day make you Irish for a day? Will your four leaf clover temporary tattoo bring you luck? If you wish for good tidings on a four-leaf clover, does that mean they’ll come true? Probably not, but it’s fun to think about! In fact, all of these meanings and ideas originate from the idea that the shamrock is a magical plant! Take a look at some of the meanings and beliefs that people associate with the shamrock:
- The biggest and most perpetuated ideology surrounding shamrocks is that they’re lucky and that wearing a shamrock on your person in some forms can directly impact your luck.
- In some cases, the shamrock is shown to be the symbol of Irish pride and when displayed by someone of non-Irish descent, it shows support and allegiance to the country, as well as friendship.
- Last but not least, the shamrock—specifically the four-leaf clover—is seen to be a sign of mischievousness and debauchery, hence why so many people associate it with drinking and celebrating.
The shamrock has a number of other religious and spiritual meanings as well, but they tend to get lost in today’s interpretation of the plant. To learn more about the shamrock or to get yourself a delightful bouquet that features this mesmerizing little plant, be sure to visit a flower shop in Washington County, NE during the month of March!