Shamrocks As Elusive As A Pot Of Gold

There is a shamrock shortage throughout Ireland. Severe winter weather delayed the growing season. Plus, farmers have mostly replaced the natural hay meadows where shamrocks thrive with a lush grass preferred by another plant known as white clover.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Top of the morning to you. I'm Renee Montagne with news of a St. Patrick's Day shamrock shortage.

A harsh winter delayed the growing season of the wild clover, considered the true shamrock. Plus, farmers have mostly replaced the natural hay meadows where shamrocks thrive with a lush grass preferred by another plant known as white clover. The Irish Times reports many will wear white clover this year for a shamrock. Another Irish sorrow to drown in some green beer tonight.

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