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asphodel

(ăs`fədĕl'), name for plants of several genera of the family Lilaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family). The true asphodels belong to two small and very similar genera (Asphodelus and Asphodeline) of the Mediterranean region and India. The showy flower spike of the former is usually white; of the latter, yellow. Both are stemless, hardy herbs. The asphodel (or king's spear) of the ancients, sacred to Persephone and associated with the fields of the dead, was Asphodeline lutea; the asphodel of the early French and English poets was a narcissus. The false asphodel is Tofieldia, represented in North America by T. glutinosa and a few other species. The turkeybeard (Xerophyllum asphodeloides) of the Atlantic coastal plains is also called mountain asphodel. Asphodels are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Liliales, family Liliaceae.

asphodel

1. any of various S European liliaceous plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, having clusters of white or yellow flowers
2. any of various other plants, such as the daffodil
3. an unidentified flower of Greek legend, probably a narcissus, said to cover the Elysian fields
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Esposito didn't even make a show of pointing out asphodels or saffron crocuses, if indeed any were to be seen.
One last glance at Argos deep in shadow and pines southward on distant blue Taygetos until Pindar followed Hermes' dancing foot in his soul's own slow cadenza, his outward eye closing but his inward eye awakening to asphodels blooming bright at the gate of Elysium.
Now he has crowned the occasion, she thought, when his hand slowly fell, as if she had seen him let fall from his great height a wreath of violets and asphodels which, fluttering slowly, lay at length upon the earth.
Daffodils take their common name from a corruption of asphodels, another type of bulb.
138-154) [She saw, standing there among the asphodels and the narcissi, the unborn children she had refused, shadows more thin than shade, formless, 'twixt life and nought.
Reading about these figures, we enter the world of the dead, where as mythical death-flowers, asphodels, (71) the sepulchral flowers are blooming and unfolding their stories.
Or try getting your asphodels into one bunch in a corner of your lot.