Canker bloom

Can´ker bloom`

1.The bloom or blossom of the wild rose or dog-rose.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The canker blooms have full as deep a dye As the perfumed tincture of the roses.
There is an additional problem about Shakespeare's contrast between `The rose' and `The canker blooms'.
Like so many theories about the Sonnets, my suggestion that canker blooms' refers to `red poppies' cannot be conclusively demonstrated as correct.