The Durham Council of Garden Clubs was founded in 1929 in federation with the National Garden Club and The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
The Council served more than eight decades as the umbrella group for garden clubs and junior garden clubs in Durham, NC. Today, Durham Garden Clubs continue the same mission of philanthropic projects of preservation, conservation, education and beautification under District 9 of the Garden Clubs of NC.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Lucky Shamrock: Not All Varieties So Lucky
The shamrock plant is the revered botanical for all things St. Patrick's Day, however, the common term "shamrock" has been associated with seven different species of plants.
Seven Faces of Shamrocks
Trifolium dubium, Lesser Clover
Trifolium repens, White Clover
Trifolium pretense, Red Clover
Medicago lupulina, Black Medick
Oxalis acetosella, Wood Sorrel
One species, Oxalis spp., is actually categorized as a poisonous plant! As an oxalate, it hails from the same family as sourgrass and wood sorrel. While the Irish more commonly associate lesser clover, Trifolium dubium as their true shamrock, scientists list the poisonous Oxalis spp. under the common name "shamrock." http://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/poisonous-plants/oxalis-spp/
Data Facts on the Shamrock
Common Name(s): Shamrock, lucky clover, good luck plant