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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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:
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.