29. White Clover

No 29
Common Name: White clover
Scientific Name: Trifolium repens
Irish Name: Seamair bhán
Family: Fabaceae
Habitat: Grassland, meadows (legumes)
Uses: Fixes nitrogen in the soil. Grown in meadows for fodder. Caleb Threlkeld (1676-1728) wrote “This Plant is worn by the People in their Hats upon the Seventeenth day of March yearly (which is called St Patrick’s Day), it being a current tradition that by this Three leafed Grass he emblematically set forth to them the Mystery of the Holy Trinity.  However that be, when they wet their Seamar-oge, they often commit Excess in Liquor, which is not a right keeping of a Day to the Lord.”

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