In an uncontrolled environment, these three-leafed plants are weeds. Because of their creeping design, they can cover grounds easily and quickly. Mowing won’t have an adverse effect because they can easily recover. Their leaves and flowers attract bees. Finally, their need for moisture and nutrients can deprive your desired plants (like grass) from establishing.
On the other hand, in controlled environments, like a garden, they can be a huge benefit. The plants have been used to aid living mulch systems and cash crops (like fruits vegetables). They have been used in medicines to treat for things like scurry, nausea, and sore throats. These clovers are also harvested for salads, seasonings, and tea. Their abundance and widespread availability make this plant an excellent option for survival food.
And while we may destroy these plants in turfs tomorrow, today we will pluck one and wear it proudly. We’ll do so in honor of the Irish people and because some of us forgot to wear green. We don’t want any leprechauns sneaking up to pinch us.
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
–An Irish Toast