"Flowers of the Field"

Aven avengius at worldnet.att.netNOSPAM
Fri Jun 2 13:36:36 EST 2000

Is it possible that the "lilies of the field" could be a reference to Lilium
candidum?  I know they are native to the Israel area, I just do not know if
they grow on "fields"...or are common in the first place.

Monique Reed wrote:

> 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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