Lily of the Valley
The Convallaria majalis (the May valley plant); one of
the species is Solomon's seal. It is by no means the case that the
Convallaria grow only in valleys, although they prefer shady places.
This is not the lily (Matt. vi. 28) which is said to excel “Solomon
in all his glory.” The Lilium Candidum is the flower alluded to by our
Lord; a tall majestic plant, common in Palestine, and known by us as
the Garden Lily. It is bellshaped, with white petals and golden yellow
stamens. Jahn (& Archaeologia; Biblica, p. 125) tells us that “at
festivals the rich and powerful robed themselves in white cotton, which
was considered the most splendid dress.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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