Rhadamanthus gives Lucian a talisman of mallow as Hermes gave Odysseus the moly.
moly seems to have been Allium moly, one of the onion or garlic family.
Where, then, is a foreign word like moly, which might have reached Homer?
The Colonel did not mean hay; he meant asphodels and amaranth and moly.
The mandrake, like the moly, the magical herb of the Odyssey, is ‘hard for men to dig.’
The etymologies given of ‘moly’ are almost as numerous as the etymologists.
The Scholiast adds that moly caused death to the person who dragged it out of the ground.
The Cappadocians called rue ‘moly’; what language, he asks, was spoken by the Cappadocians?
Every time my boys read "Odysseus" or the story of Ulysses with me we read or learn "moly."
The black root and white flower of moly are quite unlike the yellow flower and white fleshy root ascribed by Pliny to mandrake.
1570s, fabulous magical herb with white flowers and black root, given by Hermes to Odysseus as protection against Circe's sorcery, of unknown origin.