The poppy has been a symbol of remembrance since 1921 when Field Marshal Earl Haig, who commanded British forces during the First World War, was horrified by the lives facing his men when the war ended.

The poppy has been used by thousands of people across the UK as a way to reflect on the soldiers lost to conflict and as a way to appeal for donations to help those still living.

However, poppies are not the same across the UK with those in Scotland being distinctly different from those in England and Wales.

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How are Scottish poppies different?

While the 'UK' and Scottish poppy are similar in that they are both 'blood red' they share a couple of distinct differences.

The Scottish poppy does not have a green leaf and has four-lobed petals compared to England and Wales' two.

Why is the Scottish Poppy Appeal different?

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The poppy was chosen as a symbol of remembrance for the soldiers who gave their lives as these flowers were the only ones left on the battlefields after the war had ended.

In the Poppy Appeals' early years, demand was so high that few reached Scotland. In 1926, Lady Haig established a factory in Edinburgh to produce separate poppies exclusively for Scotland.

In 1921, the associations north and south of the border had been different and by 1956, the Scottish appeal was registered as a distinct charity.

Why do Scottish poppies have no green leaves?

According to PoppyScotland, the inclusion of green leaves would be 'botanically incorrect' and would cost additional money that could be better spent on helping veterans.

How much money is raised by the Scottish Poppy Appeal?

Poppy Appeal Scotland is the country's biggest fundraising campaign and raised over £2 million for outreach and welfare work for veterans.

To find out more about PoppyScotland and to get involved, please visit the Poppy Scotland website.