The four-leaf clover is an uncommon sight, because there’s more three-leaved clovers in the world. The four-leaf clover brings good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally.

According to legends, each leaf represents something.

  • First is for faith.

  • Second is for hope.

  • Third is for love.

  • Fourth is for luck.

Clovers can have more than four leaves: the most ever recorded is 56, discovered by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan on May 10, 2009.

It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover there is. It is debated whether the fourth leaflet is caused genetically or environmentally. Some people think it is a developmental error of environmental causes.

Steps on how to find a four-leaf clover:

  • Find a patch of clover.
  • Scan over the patch. When you are starting out, don’t stare down every single clover. Brush over the clover gently with your foot so that you can see them all.
  • Identify any four-leaf varieties. Most four-leaf clovers have one leaf that is smaller than the other three.
  • Mark the patch! It is commonly thought that 4-leaf clovers are actually caused in the root of the clover plant.


Preserve your lucky clovers by these steps:


  • Flatten the clovers.
  • Get a book ready for pressing.
  • Place the clovers inside the fold.
  • Close the book when you’ve added all the clovers.
  • Retrieve the pressed clovers.

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