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Poppies, Hampstead Heath, North London
Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colourful flowers  One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, produces edible seeds, and is also the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drugs. <br />
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Following the trench warfare which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders, during the 1st World War, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.<br />
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Stock Photo by Paddy Bergin