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Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

This is the species of the legendary four-leaf clover. The term “shamrock” derives from the Irish word, seamrog: “little clover.” Why is this such an icon of good luck? Legend has it that Eve carried a four-leaf clover with her when expelled from the Garden of Eden, so it represents a small piece of Paradise on Earth.

Many of the Celtic races revered the clover, believing that if one carried a (three-leaf) clover it would give advance warning of evil spirits ahead, and a four-leaf clover would provide active protection. Similarly medieval children were told that a four-leaf clover would allow the bearer to see faeries where they were hidden.

In Christian folklore the three-leaf clover represents the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost (as told by Saint Patrick), while the fourth leaf represents the Grace of God.

The chances of finding a four-leaf clover are estimated at 10,000-1 (so there has to be at least one in a bottle of Botanist somewhere), and the highest number of leaves found on a single clover stem so far is 56 – off the scale luck.

Trifolium Pratense, the red clover, is the national flower of Denmark!

Red Clover - Trifolium pratense

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apple mint

01

Apple mint

chamomile

02

Chamomile

Creeping thistle flower used in the botanist gin

03

Creeping thistle

Downy Birch

04

Downy Birch

Elder flower

05

Elder

Gorse

06

Gorse (Whin)

Hawthorn

07

Hawthorn

Heather

08

Heather

Juniper

09

Juniper

lady's bedstraw

10

Lady’s bedstraw

Lemon Balm

11

Lemon Balm

meadowsweet

12

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Mugwort

13

Mugwort

Red clover

14

Red clover

Spear mint

15

Spear mint

Sweet cicely

16

Sweet cicely

Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale)

17

Bog myrtle – Sweet gale

Tansy

18

Tansy

water mint

19

Water mint

White Clover

20

White clover

Wild thyme

21

Wild Thyme

wood sage

22

Wood sage

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