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Papaver somniferum /Atlas Poppy

Papaver somniferum  / Papaver somniferum
A garden planting of this popular spring flowering annual with heavy mop-like flowers
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A garden planting of this popular spring flowering annual with heavy mop-like flowers

Cluster of red flowers and buds

Close-up of a poppy flower

Mass planting of spring flowering poppies

Seasonal display of poppies in a mass planting

Poppies used as a bedding plant

Bright red flowers, a primary feature of this spring flowering annual

Mass planting on a busy street

Close-up of a variety with single flowers

Bedding plant

Close-up of flowers

Mass planting

Flowers, foliage and a single bud

The large, double flowers are a thing of beauty in spring in the South

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Scientific Name: Papaver somniferum
Common Name: Atlas Poppy
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Various
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: Seed sewn from September to April. Planted in the deep south at the earlier date and in the north in spring. Red or pink are the colors most commonly planted. This is the plant from which opium is eventually made. Opium is used in the manufacture of morphine, which is a widely used pain killer in medical practices.