'Beauty of Livermere' provides a large flower, 4 to 6 inches across, with crepe-paper like petals of pure scarlet-red surrounding a huge, dark purple to black center. The blooms arise on tall and�slender but strong stems, reaching 30 inches high. They last for several weeks then go dormant for summer. A fine plant for cool-summer climates, it tends to bloom earlier for a shorter duration farther south.
Named for a village in Suffolk, England, 'Beauty of Livermere' is floriferous, often self-seeding where it is content. It needs nothing beyond very good soil drainage and plenty of sunshine to flower season after season, with gray-green foliage on plants reaching just 18 to 24 inches wide. Best dotted rather than massed, Oriental Poppies are�spectacular cut-flowers.
This�magnificent�red poppy came to prominence in 1920 as the symbol of�World War I fallen soldiers, sparked by the hugely popular poem "In Flanders Field," which begins: "In Flanders field, the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row." For many years, paper poppies were worn on lapels on Veterans' Day.�A symbol of many war-related charities in the United Kingdom, red poppy has�also joined�white poppy as a symbol of peace.�Zones 3-7.