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From Peter Parley’s Merry Stories, or Fact, Fancy and Fiction, by Peter Parley, Broadway: James Miller; 1869; pp. 323-324.


Trees and Flowers Mentioned in the Bible.

Engraving of mustard plants with leaves, flowers and stems, in a field.

The Mustard-Plant.

This is a well-known garden herb, and does not need description. In St. Matthew xiii. 31, it is said: “The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all seed; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”

In this country, the mustard is a small plant, but it is said to grow to the height of several feet in Eastern climates. We are told of mustard-trees in Judea, which were climbed like 324 fig-trees. These, no doubt, are different species from the plant familiar to us, and which furnishes us with a condiment for the table.

Next — Trees and Plants Mentioned in the Bible:

The Cinnamon-Tree