1A Eurasian plant of the lily family, typically having long slender leaves and flowers borne on a spike.
- The sweet herbal aroma of bog myrtle drifts from the shallow mires that harbour a tangle of willows and silver-barked birch or are spattered yellow with asphodels.
- The plant, known as turkeybeard, or mountain asphodel, is a rare species of lily.
- Hopping across fallen blocks of masonry, dancing over the asphodels, offering piggy-back rides was one way of selling ancient history to two young girls.
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