LETTER: Why the poppy became a symbol of remembrance

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Why has the red poppy become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of war?

Papaver rhoeas whose common names include; corn poppy, field poppy, Flanders poppy and red poppy, is an herbaceous species of annual flowering plant in the poppy family, Papaveraceae.

This poppy, a native of Western Europe, is notable as an agricultural weed growing naturally in conditions of disturbed earth flowering in May and in warm conditions up until August.

 

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