One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall white-flowered lily of the eastern Mediterranean, often depicted in paintings of the Madonna.
Lilium candidum, family Liliaceae
- ‘The Madonna Lily, when it is immune from disease, to which it is very prone, has a vigorous constitution, being so hardy that frost does not injure it.’
- ‘Lilium candidum, the madonna lily is the oldest known lily, and was most likely the first flower to have been used as a cut flower.’
- ‘I'm of European origin, and one thing I can say is that the Madonna lily is extremely common there, barely a garden without it.’
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