Poppies

Poppies

In 1903, a poppy known as a ‘cup of gold’ was designated as California’s state flower. To see a video of these poppies in the wild, go here.  Native Americans used poppies as a food source. The seeds of poppies, though very small, are rich in oil, which can be used for cooking or for salad dressings. Though the photos featured below are mostly red, poppies come in a huge variety of colors. Some poppies, like the ones featured in the 2-minute video below are ruffled and hardly look like poppies at all.

This relaxing, 3-hour video features beautiful footage of poppy fields as well as the sounds of nature. Here’s a 2-minute video on growing double-poppies from seed. Here’s a lovely 1-minute video featuring time-lapse poppies.

FunFacts about Poppies: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: A poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae of the family Papaveraceae. Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colourful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug. It also produces edible seeds. Following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. (Source)
  • Poppies can be most colors and some have markings.
  • Some poppies when they first start to grow look like weeds.
  • The poppy is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean.
  • The opium poppy grows wild in eastern and southern Asia.
  • Opium can be processed into morphine, codeine and heroin.
  • Poppies have been used as a symbol of sleep, peace and death.
  • In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as an offering to the dead.
  • The red-flowered corn poppy is used as a remembrance of those fallen in wartime.

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43 thoughts on “Poppies

  1. Poppies look so bright and vivid in pictures! I’m always hearing about poppy seed food items; they seem very popular lately!

  2. Very pretty pictures. They do look like soldiers standing in a field, I can see why they are used for Remembrance Day.

  3. Lovely flowers. Remember Georgia O’Keefe’s painting of a red Poppy? I saw it once in the National Gallery in Washington DC. Thanks for showing us our world.

  4. When we lived in France, I loved driving through the countryside and watching the beautiful poppies waving in the breeze. So lovely.

  5. Poppies look so delicate and are so vibrant. They are beautiful to gaze upon.

  6. I love poppies. I think they are beautiful. I paint them. When I was in labor with my daughter I was having a really hard time. The gave me something and I started hallucinating, guess what, I was hallucinating the scene of Wizard of Oz where the witch was gazing into the crystal ball and saying poppies, poppies. Beat that.

  7. Love the red and purple flowers. They have always represented remembering the dead to me both as a military family member and as a Celtic woman. Thanks for sharing this! Now I have other things to associate them with.

    Drea -South-central Arizona

  8. NC plants all kinds of seasonal flowers on the major highway median strips and the areas by the overhead bridges.

    Also all over I-85/40.

    There are daylilies, cannas, daisies, batchelor buttons, asters and of course tons of different colors of poppies.

    It’s really quite impressive.
    They also plant crepe myrtle trees in between the masses of flowers and they bloom during the blazing heat.

    The South sure love their flowers.

    • Yes we do lol. I think the flowers add so much beauty to the interstate. It’s always a pleasure to see them. I love North Carolina doing that.:) 🙂

    • I think poppies are one of the prettiest flowers around My aunt in Michigan had one that was coral colored. It was instant love when I saw it. I always looked forward to seeing it when we visited them. They rank up there with my favorites. I love all the photos.

  9. I always think of red poppies even though I know they come in several colors.

    The scene in THE WIZARD OF OZ comes to mind when Dorothy falls asleep and the good witch makes it snow.

    The poem, “In Flanders Fields,” really brings it home in regard to military lives lost.

    Mostly, I remember the poppies sold by US veterans to remember those lost in service. In the past, they used to be paper and wire, and I treasured mine when Dad would bring them home. I believe they may be a fabric now. Dad is a member of the American Legion, and he’s the one who sells them on National Poppy Day, the Friday before Memorial Day.

    denise from maryland

  10. Beautiful flowers. I like the red, really red ones. The Wizard of Oz and Poppies always come to mind together. I’ve always wondered if being in a Poppy field would put you to sleep. —Been a little anxious of poppy fields. Is that crazy or what?!?

  11. All I can think about when I see red Poppies is the movie, Wizard of Oz lol. Sleep now sleeeeep hahaha! They are beautiful though and I thought they only came in one color, so thanks for the facts!

  12. Sorry I’m having kindle problems that wouldn’t back out of Sandra L’,s post when I left a comment on it.. I didn’t realize it and it took having to go out of the blog and back in to fix it. Apologies.

  13. The poppies are just beautiful. I grew up near the California Poppy Reserve in Southern California. They were always a joy to see each spring. My Mother was a great baker and each Christmas she used poppy seeds to make a wonderful bread. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I like the perkiness of poppies as they remind me of veterans who fought in the war. Plus Marimekko has fabric with enlarged poppies on it, which I had as a bedspread growing up.

  15. I think they are lovely but it’s so sad that some of them are used for less than good things. Thank you for pointing out the positive stuff as well. Maine girl!

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