Botanic Notables: The Shamrock

March 16, 2012
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To consider the shamrock is to consider the significance of a leaf. Or, in this case, three—the number of leaves that defines the shamrock, a plant that has evolved into an icon, one that will festoon any St Patrick Day festivity. Of the shamrock's ubiquity this weekend, you can be sure, but of its origins and species, however, there is little certainty. The shamrock's story is one of dueling legends and taxonomic disputes.