Mary’s flowers

Nearly 500 original names for plants and herbs held some reference to the Blessed Virgin

Modern nomenclature may pen them honeysuckle but any medieval Christian would know them as Our Lady’s fingers. White campion - Our Lady’s candles, and forget-me-nots - the Eyes of Mary. Aside from rosemary and marigolds, today’s flowers and herbs are far-removed from their pre-Elizabethan names and associations. Religion was so deeply married to the daily routines of medieval … [Read more...]

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