The poppy is a bold, whimsical flower with a dark, interesting center and colorful paper petals that remind one of

An exquisite orange poppy

An exquisite orange poppy

crumpled silk.  They come in many colors and a very beautiful, but their beauty is very short-lived once cut and they should be kept in water.

Colors of Poppy:

Poppies are available, most famously in red, but also orange and yellow (often called California poppies).  There are also oriental varieties available in pastel shades of pink, cream and lavender.

Poppy as a wedding flower:

Since poppies aren’t as long lasting as others, they have to be arranged very soon before their use.  When used in bouquets, it should be a hand-tied bouquet with the ends of the stems exposed so that when it is not in use, it can drink. Poppies can also be used in large arrangements and centerpieces.

Design tip: Sometimes the poppy stems are almost as alluring as the flowers themselves.  They can be curved, bent or twisted in really unusual ways.  An interesting centerpiece can be created by standing a few poppies like this in a row, (in a base of floral foam, etc) as if they were growing there.

Warning: If left warm and out of water, the poppy  will eventually shed its petals and black pollen, so if you do chose to keep them out of water, make sure it is not in a place where their shedding will make an ugly mess.

What to pair them with:

Poppies look lovely in a bunch by themselves.  They also work well with anemoenes, tulips, gerbera daisies and ranunculus

Poppy Season and Sources:

Poppies are most plentifully available in the spring and summer and are grown both commercially and in gardens throughout the USA.

Price Level:

$2-$5/ stem