Amapola which is Spanish for Poppy is a beautiful, most often, red flower. A particular Amapola has come to represent the tropics. Women with the flower in their hair produce dreams of love and romance.
When you come to Mexico, pluck an Amapola flower, place it in your hair, above your ear and smile. You are truly in paradise!
Poppies are herbaceous plants. 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. 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.
There is even a movie which bears the name, Amapola. Here is a sneak peek.
Hope to see you in the tropics of Mexico soon.
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