The Poppy Flower: A Pretty Meaningful Little Bloom

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Poppy Flower

The beautiful and captivating poppy flower, how I love thee. I think the reason I love this bloom so much is for its unique style and the way it surprises you. The stems are very long, thin and even furry in appearance. Each stem holds one poppy flower bloom that bursts open and the surprise is not knowing exactly what colour you are going to get.

Available seasonally in Australia around winter/spring, these are flowers that hold a deep and personal meaning for some. So let’s learn more about poppies, their meaning, appearance, range in colours and how they can also be used for weddings.

Poppy Flowers

Poppy Flower | Image by Cambria Grace Photography

Poppy Flower Meaning

Most people associate poppies, particularly red poppies, with Remembrance Day, November 11th. Red poppies are a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. During World War I, soldiers fought on the fields of Flanders in Belgium. The fields of Flanders were covered in poppies which were considered to be a weed in Europe growing in many areas.

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Poppy Garden | Image by Alexander James

Poppies also symbolise sleep and death. Sleep because the opium extracted from the flower is a sedative, and death because of the red color which is seen to represent blood. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground (reference Australian War Memorial). Hence, the poppy is also increasingly being used on Anzac Day.

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Red Poppy | Image by Almond Leaf Studios

Poppy Petals

The petals of poppies are so unique. Each bloom displays four to six petals that each look like crumbled up paper, with many lines, wrinkles and ruffled edges. This would be due to it being tightly held in the bud before bursting open. They look so delicate like paper flowers. The center circle of stamens is also quite striking and eye catching. A great focal point for many floral designs.

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Poppy Petals | Floral Design by Melissa Glorieux | Image by Esther Mathieu

Poppy Flower Colours

As mentioned earlier the range of colours in poppies includes red, plus many hues of oranges and yellows, often bright tones through to some of my personal favourites, softer shades of cream, pale pink and peach.  How pretty do they all look gathered here together? I often thought of them as a great gift for a happy birthday or to cheer someone up as you can’t help but smile when you look at poppies.

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Poppy Colours | Event Planning + Design by Victoria Cameron | Image by Ale & Kim Photography

Poppies for Weddings

Due to their ruffled, soft petals, poppies have a romance about them. They obviously lend themselves to being the feature in a gorgeous bouquet of wedding blooms like this divine classic example by Pat’s Floral Designs.

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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