The Jonsteen Company
Sometimes called Common Poppy, Corn Poppy or Field Poppy, Papaver rhoeas dots roadsides and agricultural landscapes throughout the world with its lacy grey-green foliage and vivid red blooms, from North America to Europe, Africa and Asia. Papaver rhoeas is an erect, singlestemmed annual, growing up to about 2 feet-tall. Rising from a bed of deeply lobed, fern-like foliage, each stem holds a single flower: 4 silky red petals, usually 2–4 inches across, which generally bloom from late spring to late summer.
The Red Poppy’s tendency to grow on disturbed sites is behind the flower’s notoriety as an icon of World War I, during which time trench digging, explosions, and the creation of mass cemeteries caused millions of Red Poppy seeds to break dormancy, blanketing the devastated European countryside with beautiful red blooms. Since World War I, the Red Poppy has been used to commemorate casualties of war, its likeness worn on lapel pins and badges (known as “Remembrance Poppies”) on Veterans Day. Owing to this strong tradition, the U.K.’s Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day.
At its founding, Jonsteen committed to spread a message of respect for our environment, and a love of trees. They dedicated themselves to teaching about the manifold benefits that trees bring to our planet, our communities, and our lives individually and collectively.
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