A native of the Near East, this Moon annual
poppy is closely related to Papaver somniferum. It is smaller, only
18-20"/45-50cm high, and its round, smooth pods are correspondingly smaller,
3/4"/2cm long. The leaves are more deeply lobed than the leaves of P. somniferum.
The flowers are 2.5-4"/6-10cm wide and are the classic scarlet with
black blotches, but the inner petals do not flatten out; they stay upright, like
a tulip. One plant can produce as many as 50 flowers. It grows
in classic poppy territory, on sandy, rocky mountainsides from Turkey to
Saudi Arabia, usually at high elevations. This plant is used medicinally in its native area,
but I have not been able to find out how. This pic was sent in by a kind
customer in the UK. Top
How to grow Tulip Poppy:
Grow like Papaver somniferum.
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