Clovers and Shamrocks | Gardening Information

clover, gardening information

The word “shamrock” comes from an Irish word meaning “little clover”.  Shamrocks, Ireland’s most recognized nation symbol, are included in bridal bouquets and boutonnieres for good luck. Shamrocks were also used by St. Patrick in Ireland as an evangelism tool to spread the gospel and illustrate the concept of the Trinity.

Sources differ as to whether there really is a ‘shamrock’ plant or that it is a clover.  It is thought that the original shamrock is a Dutch white clover called ‘trifolium repens forma minus’ from the legume family, which grows 6 – 12”. White clover spreads by underground runners (hence the opinion of weed), and has been added to lawn mixes recently for the nitrogen fixing (less chemical fertilizer dependency & use). Clover puts up with heavy foot traffic, is easily mowed, and deters chafer beetles. It is said that there is actually up to 300 different perennial species of clover. Being very high in protein, phosphorus and calcium, clover is also very nourishing for livestock.

For an ornamental application, we will be carrying 2 varieties of oxalis (which is a clover relative) this spring:

  • “Charmed Wine” has purple leaves with small white flowers.
  • “Molten Lave” has amber colored leaves with small white flowers.

Both “Charmed Wine” and “Molten Lava” add a unique burst of color, thrive in shade, and grow well in containers.

Best of luck to you all!

Call us for more information on buying Clover for your garden: (780) 467-3091.

*Sources: Enclyclopedia Britannica, World Book Encyclopedia,,, West Coast Seeds