Any of several flowering plants belonging to the lily family .
This common name is variously applied and thus much misunderstood. The asphodel of the poets is often a narcissus ; that of the ancients is either of two genera, Asphodeline or Asphodelus . Asphodels are hardy herbaceous perennials with narrow leaves and an elongated stem bearing a handsome spike of white, pink, or yellow flowers. Bog asphodel ( Narthecium ossifragum ) is a small herbaceous plant that grows in boggy places in Britain.