Updated: Feb 6
With all of the benefits of the clover, it is no wonder as to why the Irish have culturally and historically recognized this plant for its luck! Although the appearance is green, leafy, and can be often found throughout grassy lawns, the clover is still categorized as a flower. Sourcing from Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmental artist and floral specialist, Cheralyn Darcey, and 100 Edible + Healing Flowers: Cultivating, Cooking, Restoring Health, (2014) authored by herbalist and arborist, Margaret Roberts, the clover has benefits ranging from medicinal benefits to edible garnishments!
Historically, the clover has symbolized as good fortune and protection. Being native to Europe and Asia, throughout the medieval era, religious monks would prioritize this plant within their gardens for the healing properties. Clover has been linked to healing ailments such as arthritis, kidney functions, skin irritations, and dry coughs with fever. This flower has a reputation for serving as cooking ingredients for traditional recipes from chicken and herbs to baked vegetables.
Clover (genus Trifolium) represents good luck, fertility, domestic virtue, fortune, long and happy marriage, second sight, and protection. - Flowerpaedia (2018)
According to the online resource, Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com (2020) the clover, (genus Trifolium), genus of about 300 annual and perennial species in the pea family (Fabaceae). Clovers are normally short lived herbs and have blooming flowers as well consisting of colors from white, pink, red, or yellow. This plant is also valuable when it pertains to improving its soil and conservation with its packed nutrients of nitrogen. Despite its origins from Northern Europe, cultivated species of the clover have become temperate worldwide.
Clover honey is a common product of clover cultivation since bees are highly attracted to this plant. Other common products sourced from clover cultivation is livestock feed or green manure, (no pun intended!) Clovers are great for livestock feed due to the high density of protein, phosphorus, and calcium. (Britannica.com sourced in 2020)
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