The word “shamrock” comes from an earlier Irish word, “seamrog” which means “summer plant”. It has long been the un-official symbol of Ireland and can be seen everywhere on St. Patrick’s day. This maybe because of a legend surrounding the plant and St. Patrick himself. It seems that St. Patrick was having a hard time converting those in Ireland to Christianity. While giving an open air sermon the saint bent down picked a shamrock held it up to those gathered there and told them that the three leaves were proof of the holy trinity. It has been said that a shamrock’s leaves will point upward before an approaching storm, and that snakes will not rest in patches of the plant.