Remembrance Day is on November 11, and you may already have your red poppy proudly pinned. Many people choose to wear a red poppy in November to show respect for the people who died fighting in the First World War and the conflicts that followed. However, you may have also seen different colours too - like white, black or even purple - which all have different meanings. But what do these different coloured poppies mean? And where in Gloucestershire can you get them? The symbol was created in based on the principle of the traditional red remembrance poppy for Remembrance Day.
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A poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae of the family Papaveraceae. Poppies are herbaceous plants , often grown for their colourful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum , is the source of the narcotic 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 drug. It also produces edible seeds.