Daisy

Daisy

The crown daisy is native to the Mediterranean area, and grows in every region of Israel.

The Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew Chapters 5, 6 and 7) is an extended address by Jesus, focussing on his moral teachings. Speaking to an audience worried about food, clothing and other basic items, Jesus used a reference to the ‘lilies of the field’ to turn them away from worry and towards placing their trust in God. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin” … “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Wildflowers such as tulips, poppies, and daisies have all been suggested as possible "lilies of the field. "The golden colour of the crown daisy is reflected in its scientific name chrysanthemum coronarium. The flower's name derives from the Greek chrysos meaning ' golden' , and the word anthemon denoting 'flower'.

There are further references to wild flowers such as the daisy to explain the meaning of life. James, who was the half-brother of Jesus, uses the image of a transient wild flower to depict the (non) importance of wealth. In James 1:10-11, he observes that many people see that riches can buy comfort, prestige, and all types of worldly goods. In contrast to this view, James wrote that riches are a reason to be humble - “because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away”.

Flowers such as the crown daisy have long been associated with innocence, beauty, salvation, modesty, purity and love.