History of the Four-Leaf Clover

Lots of history and superstition surrounds the four-leaf clover.  As a child, I fondly remember standing in the yard with my Dad searching for four-leaf clovers, he could spot one a mile away. 

Our new office in downtown Fayetteville, Georgia, has a lovely patch filled with clovers!

Your chances of discovering a four-leaf clover are 1:10,000 – which makes you more than lucky when you find one.  

Hundreds of years ago in Ireland, the four-leaf clover became a symbol of luck with the four leaves representing faith, hope, love, and success.

The Druids (Celtic priests), in the early days of Ireland, believed that when they carried a three-leaf clover or shamrock, they could see evil spirits coming and have a chance to escape in time. Four-leaf clovers were Celtic charms, presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck. Children in the Middle Ages believed if they carried a four-leaf clover, they would be able to see fairies, and the first literary reference to suggest their good fortune was made in 1620 by Sir John Melton. 

Fast Facts About Four-Leaf Clovers from Better Homes and Gardens

  • There are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every “lucky” four-leaf clover.
  • There are no clover plants that naturally produce four leaves, which is why four-leaf clovers are so rare.
  • The leaves of four-leaf clovers are said to stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.
  • It’s often said that Ireland is home to more four-leaf clovers than any other place, giving meaning to the phrase “the luck of the Irish.”
  • If you’re lucky enough to find a four-leaf clover, look for more! If a clover plant produces a four-leaf clover, it’s more likely to produce another four-leaf lucky charm than plants that only produce three-leaf clovers.
  • The fourth leaf can be smaller or a different shade of green than the other three leaves Shamrocks and four-leaf clovers are not the same thing; the word ‘shamrock’ refers only to a clover with three leaves.

Looking for a fun kid-friendly project for Saint Patrick’s Day? Better Homes & Gardens has plenty!  View here.

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Since 1993, the Southern Conservation Trust has dedicated itself to elevating nature through exceptional stewardship. We currently conserve more than 57,000 acres of protected land across 11 states. We don’t just believe in protecting land, we believe people should have access to enjoy it. Preserving nature is what brings us joy!

So we’re focused on making sure that everyone has equal access to nature. We develop public nature areas, provide environmental education, and conserve tens of thousands of acres of land, waterways, and valuable habitat each year. In addition to developing public nature areas, we manage 8 public nature areas in Fayette County with plans to open more late 2021. Click here to learn more about our public natures areas.

We’re extremely excited about our latest project, the Fayette Environmental Education Center, which is set to open late 2021 in Downtown Fayetteville, Georgia, will be our premier nature facility where children, families, and visitors of all ages can connect with the wonders of nature in Georgia. A home base for conservation initiatives, nature area development, environmental education, agricultural education, and an environmental art program. This facility will encompass all that the Southern Conservation Trust does, and share it in a teachable way with the community we love. Click here for more information about the Fayette Environmental Education Center.