Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)

Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo) Martagon lily, (Lilium martagon) ff. 80v-81
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Martagon lily, (Lilium martagon) ff. 80v-81

The martagon lily produces yellow roots similar to those of the white lily, but much smaller. Its thin stem is more or less one cubit tall, and its leaves extend out from it like a wheel. They are unique for their orderly spacing and are very similar to those of the common soapwort, but smoother and glossier. / Its flowers bloom at the top of the plant, with stalks separated from each other by two fingers or more. Its flowers are quite like those of the lily, but smaller. Its purple petals streaked with a darker color arch backward. They smell good and visually are quite striking. / It grows high up in mountain forests and blooms in May and June. Many alchemists believe it is useful for their art.

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