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Gates
2020

In Eastern European cultures, Papaver rhoeas was a symbol of agricultural fertility for centuries, as it was the first flower to come up in the spring and signified the health of the soil. Dating back from 3500-6000 BC indigenous people in the region domesticated Papaver somniferum, and in regional and cultural communities the poppy remains a central feature in folk dress and embroidery. However, as one of the oldest domesticated plants, there is evidence that this flower was originally native to the Middle East and was cultivated by the ancient Sumerian people. In Turkey, the region of Anatolia is named after the flower, and in ancient Greece, poppies symbolized eternal sleep.