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Asphodelus

By GeorgePlatis
Asphodelus is a genus of mainly perennial plants native to western, central and southern Europe, but now spread worldwide. Asphodels are popular garden plants, which grow in well-drained soils with abundant natural light.
The plants are hardy herbaceous perennials with narrow tufted radical leaves and an elongated stem bearing a handsome spike of white or yellow flowers. Asphodelus albus and A. fistulosus have white flowers and grow from 1½ to 2 ft. high; A. ramosus is a larger plant, the large white flowers of which have a reddish-brown line in the middle of each segment.
In Greek legend the asphodel is one of the most famous of the plants connected with the dead and the underworld. Homer describes it as covering the great meadow, the haunt of the dead. The roots were eaten by the poorer Greeks; hence such food was thought good enough for the shades. The asphodel was also supposed to be a remedy for poisonous snake-bites and a specific against sorcery; it was fatal to mice, but preserved pigs from disease. The Libyan nomads made their huts of asphodel stalks.

Tags: Flowers and plants Rhodes Asphodelus

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Good shot with great details.....

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CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
8 Mar 2013 2:34PM
Two fine images, George, especially like V.1 with the little visitor Wink. The asphodels are popping up everywhere now, don't they put on a wonderful show. Carol
johnke 3 223 15
8 Mar 2013 2:47PM
Some good detail in this shot, nice work...John
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
8 Mar 2013 3:25PM
Two lovely images George ! V1 is special !
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 Mar 2013 3:50PM
I like the little bug who cam for the ride!
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
8 Mar 2013 4:43PM
Quite a history for the plant, George. v1 has a lovely contrast with the background, and, of course, that little visitor.

Dave
8 Mar 2013 4:51PM
Two lovely images
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 5:05PM
two wonderful detailed captures george brilliant light and textures super colours v1 is my favourite today a cracker nice one Wink
andy
8 Mar 2013 5:36PM
Two wonderful images George, very well detailed, lovely light and the visitor is a bonus
Effrossini
Mrsbass 4 2 1 United Kingdom
8 Mar 2013 8:06PM
Love your write up and history - two beautiful shots. V1 slightly has it for me today, the detail and colour is beautiful and you also have an added bonus on there!

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