Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Co.Cork


Opium Poppy
Papaver somniferum
Codlaidín
Family: Papaveraceae

Flowering: June-August. Annual. Introduced. Garden escape.

Large flowers, dark blotch at petal base. Usually lilac, also white, pink or red.
5-10cm across. Double-flowered forms occur. Round-oval, hairless seed capsule. Oblong, coarse-toothed leaves, bluish-green. Upper leaves stem-clasping. Erect, strong-growing, usually hairless plant. Height: To 50cm.

Frequent casual. Sandy soil, waste ground, roadsides.
Garden escape.
     
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