Why is the Four-Leaf Clover Lucky?

Written by Jessica Stuckey

St. Patrick’s Day is all about luck. The four-leaf clover is one of the lucky things associated with St. Patrick’s Day. But just why is this clover said to be so lucky?

Aside from all the St. Partick’s Day stuff, finding a four-leaf clover alone is lucky. These forms of the normally-three-leafed white clovers are a mutation. There are no clover plants that naturally produce four-leaf clovers. According to Bailey Woolum for Kfor-TV, “About 1 specimen in 10,000 of Trifolium repens (aka white clover) has four leaves instead of the usual three.”. So just the fact that you found a four-leaf clover is a 1 in 10,000 chance, and that’s pretty lucky!

So why is the four-leaf clover associated with St. Patrick’s Day? Well because St. Patrick used the usual three-leaf clover, or shamrock, to teach about the Holy Trinity. The four-leaf clover, however, was said to be a Celtic charm and represent faith, hope, love, and luck, one for each leaf. But we mainly focus on the representation of luck when it comes to the rarity.

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