The Persian ladies tinge the tips of their fingers with henna to make them a reddish-yellow.
“The leaf of the henna-plant resembles that of the myrtle. The
blossom has a powerful fragrance: it grows like a feather about 18
inches long, forming a cluster of small yellow flowers.” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894