These colorful little flowers can be seen growing wild in subtropical regions, or purposefully grown in gardens.
These two themes have come about over time both because of the poppy’s anesthetic properties, and because it is said that poppies were given as offerings to the dead by the Greco-Romans. For instance, mystics feel that poppies can be talismans for good luck in love, money and health, and recommend placing a small sachet of petals beneath your pillow.
Poppy are native to many parts of the world, including Central and Southern Europe, China, India, and other parts of Asia.
For example, the magical poppy fields of the Wizard of Oz, which caused those who passed through them to sleep for eternity. Either dried and placed in a bag, or freshly clipped and given as a bouquet, these flowers can bring nothing but good to the recipient. The poppy flower may be seen to sprout as a single flower or in large groups, and although they are generally considered a herbaceous plant, they may also be seen sprouting from shrubs or trees. These medium to large-sized blooms are fairly recognizable, with a dark, distinctive whorl of stamens at their centers, which are surrounded by four to six papery, brightly colored petals. In Christian churches during the medieval era, poppies were occasionally carved into benches to represent our restful nature as we anticipate the Last Day.
In more modern times, people like to use poppy seeds for their spicy flavor which can be baked into breads, cakes and pastries. The California poppy, for instance, is sometimes used as an antimicrobial cleanser for cuts and scrapes, suppressing lactation, and as a pain reliever for tooth aches. Although, the California poppy is considered less potent than the red poppy (which was once used to create opium), it is still frowned upon to use in any medicinal concoction.
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