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Opium Poppy

Papaver somniferum

Plant Data

Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Papaveraceae (Poppy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Lilac flower with a purple centre.
Fruit:
A hairless, barrel-shaped fruit capsule, up to 1 inch tall. The stigma-disc has between 5 and 18 rays.
Leaves:
The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. The lower leaves are short-stalked and the upper leaves are stalkless. The leaves are bluish-green and oval to elliptical in shape. Their margins are irregularly toothed.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves and seeds are edible, raw or cooked. They have a nutty flavour. An almond-flavoured oil can be obtained from the seed which can be used as a substitute for olive oil. The seeds are rich in protein and fat.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Balewort, Breadseed Poppy, Carnation Poppy, Dream Plant, Fairy's Charms, Flower of Venus, Joan's Silver Pin, John's Silver Pin, Marble Flower, Maw Seed, Moonflower, Oilseed Poppy, Opium, Peony Poppy, Small Opium Poppy, Small-flowered Opium Poppy, Sweet Slumber, White Poppy, Wild Poppy.
Habitats:
Gardens, wasteland.