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You can grow poppies just about anywhere, but only if you choose the right variety for the right location. And then you need to understand the different requirements for each type.

The plants that we call poppies, members of the Papaveraceae family, and with over 700 species, they are grown for a number of purposes, as ornamental plants, cut flowers, for seed production (bread seed) and for commercial medicinal purposes (alkaloid production).

Poppy Varieties

Some poppy varieties are annuals, these include some of the popular the Papaver types.
  • Papaver nudicale or Icelandic Poppy,
  • Papaver rhoeas or Flanders Poppy and
  • Papaver somniferum the opium poppy

However others are perennials Papaver orientalis the 'Oriental poppy' being one.

These Papaver types are not the only poppies grown in the garden, we also have

  • Romneya coulteri - Matilija poppy
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia - The Himalayan Blue Poppy
  • Echscholzia californica - Californian Poppy
  • Papaver alpinium - Alpine Poppy


All are easy by seed

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