A flower of ill omen. Staring into the centre of a poppy it is said can temporarily turn you blind and will cause illness if the flower is brought into a house (perhaps connected with the narcotic qualities of the plant). Since WW1 the plant has become a symbol of remembrance. The tragic loss of so many young men is remembered each Remembrance Day. Each poppy petal laid on a wreath or that is worn as a sign of respect symbolises the death of each soldier that was lost in war.