Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:28 (KJV)
Traditionally, says Zohary, this is believed to be the lilies of the field of Matthew and Luke. Common, colorful, showy in much of the open areas of the Middle East, coming in blue, pink, purple, red, scarlet, white, violet (FP1; ZOH). This spectacular ornamental is said to still be abundant on the Mount of Olives, as it was in Jesus' day (BIB). Today this is the most common anemone in the
florist trade. Mythology has it that the anemone sprung from the tears of Venus pining for Adonis: where a tear dropped, a windflower grew. Even Pliny swore that anemones only flowered when the wind was blowing. Magicians gathered them in his day as a remedy against disease, tying the flowers around the neck or arm of the patient as a charm to cure all illness (BIB).
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