"Flowers of the Field"
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Fri Jun 2 13:45:27 EST 2000
Lilium candidum is not native to Israel but Hyacinthus orientalis is!
But then again, what was referred to as "lilies" back then does not
necessarily mean Liliaceae or even monocots.
"Aven" <avengius at worldnet.att.netNOSPAM> wrote in message
news:39380144.A095355F at worldnet.att.netNOSPAM...
> Is it possible that the "lilies of the field" could be a reference to
> candidum? I know they are native to the Israel area, I just do not know
> 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
> > > 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
> > > 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
> > > 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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