The poppy is one of the most popular wildflowers in the United States and is the state flower of California. The large round variety with long stem is thought to be native to Turkey. It is found all over the world today.
The ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks associated poppies with sleep and dreams. For Victorians, poppies represented creative imagination. Due to its use in producing opium, the flower symbolized relief from pain and remembrance during wartime. In both Chinese and Japanese cultures, the bloom represents passionate love and deep connection between two people.
The poppy celebrates August birthdays and acts as a reminder of happiness, serenity, passion, and creativity. The poppy is also given to commemorate the memory of a loved one.