"Flowers of the Field"

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Fri Jun 2 09:13:14 EST 2000

I think the original reference may be from Christian scripture (see
Matthew 6:28-29): "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the
lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you
that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of
these." Whether linguistic scholars have been able to link any
particular species to the phrase is debatable, but one source
(Mabberley, The Plant Book, 1997) suggests Anemone coronaria or
Sternbergia lutea.

M. Reed

Aven wrote:
> This is a rather strange question, but I would greatly appreciate any
> and all help.
> While reading something the other day, I came across a reference to "the
> flowers of the field", and knowing what this could be a reference to
> would greatly help me out. Is there any species or group of flowers that
> are referred to, or can be referred to, as "flowers of the field"? (My
> first guess was wildflowers, but my guess is virtually baseless).
> Also, if this phrase can be viewed as a reference to a certain flower or
> classification of flowers, what unique characteristics would these
> flowers have? In other words, what would set them apart from other
> flowers (coloring, life-span, commonness/rareness).
> Thank you.

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