Papaver rhoeas Common names: common poppy, corn poppy, corn rose, field poppy, Flanders poppy, red poppy Papaver, also ‘pappa’, is the Latin for food or milk and rhoeas means red in Greek. The common poppy is thought to be native to the eastern Mediterranean region, and it seems likely that it was introduced to north west Europe in the seed-corn of early settlers. The delicate red flowers are an attractive and popular feature of the countryside, and have long been recognised as symbols of fertility and death. Medicinal Uses: The flowers have been used in treating mild pain caused by earache, toothache and neuralgia, and an infusion of the petals is traditionally taken for coughs, insomnia and poor digestion. Photographed in situe using an opaque white perspex sheet with flash behind to get the pure white background. No flowers or plants were harmed in the creation of this image.
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