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Poppy, Wild Red (Corn Poppy)
Papaver rhoeas. True red flowers on a smaller, earlier plant than the somniferums, with very slender stalks that sway in the breeze. If you plant both, you'll have poppies over a long period. Plants are small and slight enough that you can sprinkle them among vegetables without shading or crowding. The wild poppy of European wheatfields (corn means any grain over there). That means it grows easily all by itself, and is adapted to gardens and disturbed soil. Self-sows if you are lucky, but I've never seen it become invasive or weedy. Sow into weeded and raked soil while it is still cool. Tamp and water--needs light for germination.
These became the symbol of remembrance for the fallen in World War 1; the battlegrounds and fields were full of them, a spontaneous memorial. Papaver rhoeas contains sedative alkaloids, but they are non-narcotic. For cut flowers, sear the cut stem immediately with a match or hot water. 200 seeds