IrishCentral.com, March 16, 2010 --
A severe shamrock shortage is threatening St. Patrick's Day in Ireland and the "wearing of the green," according to leading botanist Dr. Declan Doogue of the Royal Irish Academy.
The shamrock was hit hard by the severe winter weather and won’t be easily found this week, said Doogue.
He also stated that the national plant was under threat because of the loss of its natural habitat due to modern farming methods. There are "pretend" shamrock plants, but the real one is a type of clover found in natural grasslands of which there is hardly any left in Ireland.
The shamrocks that most people will wear on St. Patrick's Day are not in short supply, but they are also not real clover, according to botanists.
Doogue said he hoped President Obama, visiting Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, would still receive the real thing from the Irish Prime Minister.