By Bobby J. Ward

ISBN-10: 0585348499

ISBN-13: 9780585348490

ISBN-10: 0881924695

ISBN-13: 9780881924695

An wonderful survey of eighty plant genera, with a mess of references to, and extracts from, fable and literature in the course of the a while. This pleasant booklet will encourage you to examine your personal backyard in a brand new gentle, according to what William Blake or the traditional Romans stated approximately them.

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Thus "lilies of the field" (Matt. 6:28) in the Bible is generally thought to mean any pretty flower, though Sternbergia lutea and Anemone coronaria, neither of them true lilies, are likely possibilities. " Because the name lily was formerly more generally and widely used in English than it is now, it refers to scores of plants: daylily, lily of the valley, Madonna lily, waterlily, atamasco lily, arum lily, and canna lily, just to name a few.  A learned man Could give it a clumsy name, Let him name it who can, The beauty would be the same.

Page 14 Roy Dicks was the initial reader and snipper of thorns from each draft chapter. He also served as a personal reference librarian, double-checking dates and text accuracy, both on-line and in the stacks. Barbara Scott, Larry Thomas, Tom Stuart, and Steve Whitesell provided helpful suggestions that framed the early stages of the manuscript. Mike Chelednik read all drafts, scanned for nomenclatural problems, and assisted in illustration selections. The last draft of the manuscript was critically read by Brian Bixley, Nancy Goodwin, John Grimshaw, Ron Maner, and Al Simpson.

Amaryllis belladonna is native to South Africa where it blooms in late fall. It also blooms outdoors in autumn in California and in the warmer parts of the British Isles. Closely related genera within the Amaryllidaceae, some of which were formerly classified as Amaryllis, include Hippeastrum, Rhodophiala, Brunsvigia, and Crinum. Several bigeneric hybrids occur, including ×Amarygia parkeri, a cross between Amaryllis belladonna and Brunsvigia josephinae, and ×Amarcrinum, a hybrid of Amaryllis and Crinum.

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