I. The Names. It is called in Greek, 'ΑσϕοδελΟ ελωδης': in Latin, Asphodelus Paluster, Pseudo-asphodelus Luteus: in English, Marsh Asphodel, Wild or Bastard Asphodel, and Bastard yellow Asphodel, and Lancashire Asphodel.
II. The Kinds. There are two special Kinds hereof,
- 1. Pseudoasphodelus major, Asphodelus Lancastriæ, the greater Marsh, Wild, or Bastard Asphodel, Lancashire Asphodel.
- 2. Pseudoasphodelus minor, Asphodelus Lancastriæ verus, the lesser Marsh, Wild or Bastard Asphodel, the true Lancashire Asphodel.
III. The Descriptions. The first of these has a Root long and Jointed, creeping as Grass does, with many Fibres thereat, from whence rise up several long and narrow Leaves, like unto Corn Flag, but not so stiff or hard, of a beautiful green Color, and somwhat Chamfered, furrowed or straked down right, yet compassing one another, as the Corn Flag and Flower de luces do at the bottom, among which rises up a Stalk about a Foot and a half high, with divers short Leaves enclosing the Stalk, as it were hosed at their bottoms; and at the tops stand several yellow Flowers, as it were in a spiked Head, each of them made of six Leaves a piece, as are those of the other Asphodels; in the midst of which come forth several small Threads or Chives; which being past, there comes Seed ...
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Botanologia, or The English Herbal, was written by William Salmon, M.D., in 1710.
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