Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CHAFD 23 June 2010 Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum)
One opium poppy is growing on the edge of compost heap. This is one of many types. Notice the thick. lettuce like appearance of the vegetation. All Papaver somniferum have this type of vegetation. It takes hundreds to get any amount of drug, and Afghanistan has the European market and Columbia has the N. A. market. This one flower is fairly typical and many have the good Christian cross on the back of the flower, but not always. Many of the flowers are very beautiful. All poppy seeds sold in bulk food stores are from the opium poppy, and they propagate very well.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TGETC 11 July 2007 Papaver Somniferum ( Opium Poppies) Pictures from 2007. I was trying to classify the different flowers but gave up, since there are so many and different colors. and every time I felt all was going well another new type would appear. Bees love this flower.

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