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Florboxoxo | Happy Memorial Day | Field of Poppy

Updated: May 17, 2023

Explore the Floricultural Origins of Field of Poppy

This memorial day, in light of recent events all throughout this nation, it is especially important to honor those who have served this country, our service men and women in the military! The flower field of poppy has been synonymous with memorial day for its significance in cultural meaning of celebrating memories with our loved ones and those who have sacrificed for our nation's freedom.

As a friendly disclaimer, it is best to always seek additional information from your medical care provider before adding any plant to your diet. Sourcing from the following resources: Flowerpaedia (2018), authored by environmental artist and floral specialist, Cheralyn Darcey, Encyclopedia Britannica, (sourced in 2020), and 100 Edible + Healing Flowers: Cultivating, Cooking, Restoring Health, (2014) authored by herbalist and arborist, Margaret Roberts, let's explore the natural medicinal benefits of field of poppy.

Caution: Do not confuse the field poppy with the opium poppy!



Field of Poppy Anatomy and Geographical Origins

Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) Otherwise known as "Shirley" Poppy is descended from the field poppy and is available in a wide range of colors. Most poppies are found in the Northern Hemisphere, and several species of poppies are cultivated as garden ornamentals. This more notable poppy sourcing from Asia has features of scarlet petals with a dark spot at the center has a measurement of 1-inch blooms on a stem that can grow up to 1 foot tall.


Field of Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) represents memory, continuance, sacrifice, revelations, you are always in my memory. - Flowerpaedia (2018)

Field of Poppy Medicinal Benefits

From field poppy seed heads to petals, the flower can be used to decorate fruit salads, it can be baked in muffins, or to spice brandy, the recipes are endless! Medicinally, these flowers can soothe any sort of inflammation and muscle fatigue. Other benefits include soothing soar throats and colds when steamed as a tea.

Caution: Do not confuse the field poppy with the opium poppy!

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