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Papaver somniferum - Opium Poppy

Papaver somniferum is stately and regal in the garden. The Opium Poppy can grow to 4 feet or more tall. Flowers are huge and come in a wide variety of colors and petal count. Papaver somniferum was grown commonly in gardens up through WW II. The Opium Poppy is the same plant that is used to make both Heroin and Poppy seeds that you might find. Papaver somniferum grows well in our climate and is not uncommon as an escaped plant growing in the wild, usually in areas where the soil has been disturbed. Papaver somniferum blooms from Spring into Summer if a modicum of supplimental water is provided.

High resolution photos of Papaver somniferum are part of our garden image collection.

Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppy, Poppy Seeds