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"For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death.
-- Severus Snape (PS8)

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Etymology

From the Latin "asphodelus" and Greek "asphodelos" meaning "king's spear" or "lily"

Notes

An asphodel is a type of tall white lily  which has inspired many poets over the centuries including Milton, Tennyson, Longfellow, and William Carlos Williams.

In Greek mythology, the asphodel plant was thought to be the favourite food of the dead. Greeks often planted asphodel around graveyards (The Lexicon p. 14).

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