His favourite plants were the vine, ivy, laurel, and asphodel.
"That pinkish flower over there must be asphodel," said Uncle Jim.
The poets, probably taking their cue from this, have celebrated the asphodel in song as the flower of the immortals.
At his elbow is a great un-English, unwintry nosegay of asphodel and iris.
He was roused from his troubled thoughts by seeing Miss asphodel Vincent coming along the walk towards him.
Crown us with asphodel flowers, that are wet with the dews of nepenthe.
You walked as if you were treading on asphodel, and you carried your head as if you'd bought the whole world.
Unsurfeiting happiness be his portion in the meads of asphodel!
The hot wind of the desert has passed over it, and the spring beauty of iris and orchid, asphodel and marigold, has vanished.
The asphodel was a favourite plant among the ancients, who were in the habit of planting it round their tombs.
late 14c., from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos "asphodel, king's spear," of unknown origin (see daffodil). Taken in poetic use for a mythical deathless flower that overspreads the Elysian meadows.
To embathe In nectared lavers strewed with asphodel. [Milton, "Comus," 1634]