Q: I’m looking for a variety of poppy that will bloom on November 11th, to honor the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In late summer I traveled around France and was surprised to see a field of wild blooming poppies.
A: Corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, blooms mostly in spring but it’s common for it to bloom in late summer if conditions are right. To my knowledge there are no poppies that bloom in November. Pansy, snapdragon and possibly chrysanthemum will be blooming in November. In my view, any flower can be a symbol of courage, memory and rebirth.