California Poppies

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California Poppies

Stacy Ceja, Contributor

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  • Opium poppies were used all the way back to ancient civilization
  • Huge poppy fields were used in the film of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Poppies bloom from mid-June all the way through October.
  • In Persian Literature it is states that red corn poppies are the flower of love.
  • Poppies are often found weeds on agricultural land but that proves that the land is fertile.
  • Opium poppies grow in Berksire, Dorset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire for medical opiates like morphine.
  • Poppy seeds can remain in the soil for 8 years.
  • There are different graden strains but the main ones are Shirley poppy, Iceland poppy, California poppy, Himalayan, Welsh.
  • Poppy seeds contain opium alkaliods, which means that if you innocently ingest them can give a false reading on a drug test.
  • Average seeds per plant can range from 10,000 to 60,000.

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Source: Telegraph

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