25 April 2011

The red-flowered corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas)

It is interesting to note that as spring progresses different flowers come into season.  Bright red poppies with delicate petals are now coming into flower and look stunning.  I thought it was quite apt to do a blog post about the red-flowered corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) on the eve of Anzac day seeing as this particular poppy is used in "wartime remembrance" ceremonies.

"The poppy of wartime remembrance is Papaver rhoeas, the red-flowered corn poppy. This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations, including Flanders, the setting of the famous poem "In Flanders Fields," by the Canadian surgeon and soldier John McCrae. In the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand artificial poppies (plastic in Canada, paper in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand) are worn to commemorate those who died in war. This form of commemoration is associated with Veterans' Day in the United States and with Remembrance Day in Canada, both of which fall on November 11. In Canada, poppies are often worn from the beginning of November until the 11th. In New Zealand and Australia, the soldiers are commemorated on ANZAC day, April 25."

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