Why Oxalis (False Shamrock) is the St Patrick’s Day plant.
Oxalis triangularis, also known as false shamrock or wood sorrel, is a flowering plant native to South America. It is also the plant of choice when celebrating St Patrick’s Day each year.

As the legend goes, St Patrick used a 3-leaved shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity during an impromptu sermon to evangelize the pagan Irish people. St Patrick went on to become the bishop of Ireland and died on March 17 c.461 A.D, and the 3-leaved plant, called the shamrock by the Irish (Seamróg), became the symbol of Ireland.

Whilst we may never know the true identity of the shamrock St Patrick used or the real reason why it's associated with St Patrick's Day, Oxalis (false shamrock), with its three leaflets, seems to be the official plant to celebrate this day.

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