Oriental. Iceland. California. Mexican.
And that’s about it for types of poppies, yeah?
I knew I was in trouble when I saw a post titled, 8 Types of Poppies You Should Know, clearly implying there were others on which you could take a pass. And so it turns out to be: 70 to 100 others, in fact.
I remember poppies from the back row of my grandmother’s garden, and I’ve planted them in several locations, including my current one, with no particular focus on the type. Oriental? Iceland? Whatever.
I’ve seen poppies in public gardens in South Carolina and in Arizona. These might be Flanders poppies, which apparently grow better in the south than do poppy species that need a spell of cold weather.
I’ve seen sculptural poppies in Ottawa at a memorial to John McCrae.
And I’ve seen delightful Mexican poppies in the desert when the rainfall for the last several months has been just right.
Except I haven’t. The flowers in these current photos, the flowers pointed out to me as Mexican poppies, are actually California poppies.
Mexican poppies do exist. They’re also known as Mexican prickly poppies for reasons that are obvious when you look at the photos, of which I have none. So far . . .