Poppy plants are commonly referred to as “poppies” and are flowering specimens from the Papaveraceae family. The blooms have four to six petals with a cluster of stamens in the center. Poppy flowers come in various colors, including red, yellow, pink and white, and some have markings on the petals or in the flower’s center. Flower petals remain crumpled during the bud stage, with the petals lying flat once the poppy is in full bloom.

Most plant varieties grow from two to three feet tall, but the Icelandic dwarf only reaches around one foot in height. A poppy plant will tolerate most soil types but prefers full sun.