Here's my guess. 1. The lily is black or dark and comes from Israel. 2. The lily of the valley is dark but comely and is the beloved of Solomon (Song of Songs).Mark B., W. Kent
Luke 12:27 - 'Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these'. A speculation - that Jesus was actually looking at an Arum Palaestinum or something like it when he said this.
Richard, whether or not it was this particular plant, I think you're right about the association!!
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