Poppies are associated with serenity, dying, and slumber. A classic poem, "In Flanders Field," written by Canadian physician John McCrae, recounts the poppies flowering in the field where trench warfare took place during World War I. The poem is often used to commemorate those who died in wars.
Poppies are members of the poppy family, Papaveraceae. They include about 250 species in temperate regions and tropical Africa. The genus name comes from the Greek papas meaning father and avena meaning oats. There are three main types of poppies: true poppies, corn poppies, and bird's-nest poppies.
True poppies have spherical or cylindrical pods containing one seed. These seeds develop into flowers with six tepals (petals) that fall off after pollination. The seed develops inside the pod and is called a fruit. Some species of true poppy produce greenish or yellowish fruits that contain toxic chemicals to protect them from predators. For example, Papaver rhoeas produces alkaloids that cause sleep when eaten by animals; these chemicals are also responsible for the fact that pebbles found near the roots of plants of this species are white or cream colored instead of black.
Corn poppies have elongated pods containing several seeds.
Poppies are used to honor those who have died in combat since they are the flowers that flourished on the battlefields following World War One. In Flanders Fields, a classic World War One poem, describes this. It is also utilized to assist individuals who have lost loved ones as a result of the conflict.
Poppy tea is made by pouring boiling water over one or more bags of dried poppies. The tea is said to soothe and heal sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis. Drinking it is believed to bring peace and remembrance to those who have died.
In addition to drinking the tea, users put a pinch of red poppies in their mouths every time they feel upset or despairing. This act is meant to remember those who have died and to encourage them to rest in peace.
Poppies were originally called "Soldier's Tears" because soldiers wore them to show sympathy for those back home. Today they are considered a symbol of peace and remembrance.
More information on Remembrance Day Poppies are used to honor those who have died in combat since they are the flowers that flourished on the battlefields following World War One. The first line of the poem reads: "In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the graves of the men who died..."
During World War Two, the flower became a symbol for death because so many soldiers were killed. But today, we use the poppy as a symbol of life because it grows from grass that was stained with blood during these two wars.
Finally, there is a story behind the choice of the poppy as the memorial flower. When they started making wreaths for the troops at the end of World War One, they used marigolds because they believed they would not die like the men would. But after hearing about how many people had been killed, the leaders changed their mind and decided to use roses instead. They thought roses would be more appropriate since war is also called "the great romance."
Today, we remember those who died in these two wars and think about how much more there is to life than just living it happily ever after. The poppy reminds us that there are other people out there who suffer too and that we must never forget them.