Adonis aestivalis, the summer pheasant's-eye, is an unusual and showy medicinal and ornamental herb plant with feathery foliage and brilliant blood-red, poppy-like flowers. It is native to Europe and has been introduced elsewhere, such as the western and eastern parts of the United States. It's foliage is nice and full, held up on strong stems, which fill in nicely between other border plants or perennials that are past their prime and are beginning to die back. Good cut flower.
According to Greek mythology, Adonis was a handsome young man who was loved by Aphrodite. He was killed by a wild boar and his blood is said to produce the red flowers of this species.
It is an annual wildflower, so it blooms in the first year and reseeds itself. Grows to 12-18 inches tall. Zones: 3 - 10. In zone 9+, it grows as a perennial.