“…This magical flower suspended between good and evil, light and darkness, healing and annihilation.”
The Poppy flower is very special indeed. With an average of 4-6 pedals per blossom, the poppy is an angiospermae belonging to the spring and summer months. Although there are many different kinds of poppy that each have their own unique symbolisms, nevertheless, all poppies share a special link with the stark contrast between life and death. This contradiction is expressed in the poppy’s coloration and use. Specifically, the poppy is at once the pinnacle of aesthetic beauty and impossibly lethal (its seeds are highly poisonous, addictive). As such, poppies are seen as standing at the precipice of existence, half-in/half-out. This duality of the poppy makes it a very good devotional offering due to its ability to reach back and forth between our realm and those beyond. Personally, I love to adorn both Apollo and Thanatos’ shrines with poppy pedals or essence.