The shamrock remains the most famous symbol of Ireland. Celtic legend says it brings good luck in undertakings, protects from bad eyes, protects from bad words and evil people. Legends suggest that St. Patrick ripped the shamrock off the Irish soil to demonstrate the meaning of the Trinity. Shamrocks and clovers are both symbols of Ireland, with both used to symbolize good luck. However, there are a few differences between the two.
Shamrocks always have three leaves, while clovers can have a fourth leaf. Shamrocks grow in clumps, while four-leaf clovers are rare and grow one at a time. Another difference between clovers and shamrocks is that four-leaf clovers are said to ward off evil spirits. Additionally, the clover’s four leaves represent luck, faith, hope, and love.