Flowers in the Bible: Anemone (Lilies of the Field)

Biblical garden plants are referenced constantly throughout the Bible. The common term ‘flower’ is mentioned 159 times, but there are a few specific types noted in the bible and other flowers where you can tell what they are. Below is a flower that you might recognize from the Bible.

Anemones are a genus of flowering plants in the buttercup family ranunculaceae and are present in verses Matthew 6:28-30 in the Bible, where Jesus delivers the

Sermon on the Mount. The world English Bible translates the passage as “Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin.” A similar quote appears in Luke 12:27-12:28.

Though Jesus says ‘lilies’, He is not referring to lilies, but common wildflowers such as Anemones. (They are wild field flowers in Palestine that continue to grow near the lake of Galilee.)

 Anemones are quite significant in the Bible because it showed the followers to let go of their anxiety as God would take care of their needs. Jesus seems to use nature to help His followers understand this. An example of this is where He uses birds. The world English Bible translates it as “see the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable than they?”

These flowers grew where Jesus was to be crucified and the red spots on the petals represent the blood He shed during that time. Though anemones are typically crimson with black centers, they can range in different colors and are native to the temperate and subtropical regions of all continents except Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica.

How to care for Anemones

Anemones are pretty easy to care for once you know how to. Most Anemones require partial shade and regular watering, with moist, well drained soil. They also need part to full sunshine. It should be under sunshine for at least four hours a day. If you care for anemones correctly, most species will spread vigorously.


Perhaps Jesus was telling His followers that anxiety and worry will not help them at all when God will already provide for them. Anemones are not only beautiful, but significant in many ways. If you ever start to worry, consider the lilies of the field.

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