(Greek name of unknown origin). Lilideere. Hardy herbaceous stemless
plants, with white, lily-like flowers in long racemes, fleshy, fascicled
roots, and firm, linear, radical. tufted leaves. Perianth funnel-shaped;
segments 6, oblong-ligulate, obtuse, equal, with a distinct nerve on
the back, and always ascending. The Asphodel of the ancients, or
King's Spear, is Asphodeline luteus, which see. Homer mentions the
Asphodel meadows of the dead, where the shades of heroes
congregated in Hades. The Asphodel in Greek mythology was
the peculiar flower of the dead. It has always been a common weed
in Greece, and its pallid yellow flowers are associated with desert
places and tombs. The word daffodil is a corruption of Asphodel.