I thought maybe 'bee balm' but the leaves look totally unlike anything I've seen. I live in MN, I don't remember planting this, and it's growing in the area where we once had an herb garden. Any answers?
What is this plant?
It's an opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. This type, with double, lacinated petals, occurs very commonly.
Boy, are you sure? I've looked around the neighborhood and have seen nothing that resembles this plant. When I look at the leaves-or better yet, the leaf configuration, I am inclined to agree with you, as it indeed resembles the opium poppy appearance. But this had a germanium-looking flower, (which dropped off within a day I might add) it didn't resemble the 'poppy' type flower that one would associate with poppies. Of course, 1 opium poppy is a curiousity-several dozen is a visit from the DEA.....
The flower you show in the picture above looks like a poppy--take a look through these listings and you will see several that have that type of flower. Poppies can have a couple different types of flowers, this being one of them. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/adv_search.php?searcher%5Bcommon%5D=&searcher%5Bfamily%5D=&searcher%5Bgenus%5D=papaver&searcher%5Bspecies%5D=somniferum&searcher%5Bcultivar%5D=&searcher%5Bhybridizer%5D=&searcher%5Bgrex%5D=&search_prefs%5Bblank_cultivar%5D=&search_prefs%5Bsort_by%5D=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search
Yep, it's a poppy, and a gorgeous one at that.
Birds or the wind, often volunteer these kind of plants, so the parent plant may be quite a distance away.
Enjoy, I would!
It is deffinately Opium Poppy, these now come in lots of shades of pink, red, lavender / purple and ofcource like yours, it could be a cross bread one from afar, normally by birds as mentioned above.
If you like the Plant, you will get plenty seeds to propogate from the seedhead when the flower is spent and the seed head dries ot, soon as the see this turn brown, you need to remove it anf finish drying it off either indoors or leave the seed head on the plant and place a PAPER bag over the seedhead and tie it at the bottom to prevent insects getting into the bag and also this allows the the seeds to fall into the bag and these are saved for sewing.
Good luck, dont worry about the word OPIUM, you need fields apon fields to get the drugs that eveyone goes wild about either for or against,
I spoke to a gardener at one of the garden shows and he assured me it was not against the law to grow these plants as a flower in your borders so long as your not doing it for the money.
Best of luck. WeeNel.