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Garden Trivia

What species of plant is officially known as a shamrock?

Read on to see the answer!
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Garden Trivia Answer

There is no consensus on the precise botanical species of a shamrock. Many species of clover (Trifolium) and woodsorrel (Oxalis) are frequently referred to as shamrock. Two separate surveys found the species nearly half of the Irish people called a shamrock is lesser clover (Trifolium dubium); and for one-third, it is white clover (Trifolium repens). In the United States, the most common plant sold as a shamrock is Oxalis triangularis which is not related to clover. Learn more about caring for shamrocks here.
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