I know i must of bought this plant on sale because i have no info on it at all. First i thought it was a weed but i let it grow to see and what a beauty but i have no clue what it is, please help.
Opium Poppy Papaver somniferum, one of the double-flowered cultivars.
This is a dangerous plant and im surprise that they sell them. I will be more careful in the future. I have a 5 year old grandson thats always with me on weekend and would die if anything happen to him. Shame on those plant place.I have burned it. Thanks for letting me know so prompley about the plant.
I agree with Resin's ID and also that it's a "beauty". I'm very partial to poppies personally and just want to make a suggestion here. If you are into growing from seed, let a pod ripen and save the seeds to direct plant next year. Try dead-heading the rest or you could end up with hundreds of volunteers in your flower beds. Even though they are easy to pull out, it could be a pain and they do not transplant well. Your Papaver is most likely a cultivar, so its progeny could end up being different colours or possible even some singles.
If you're that worried about the poppy you may want to closely examine the rest of your garden as well--there are lots of commonly grown plants that are equally or more toxic than poppies.
I don't allow my 3 year old granddaughter in the garden unsupervised, and although she is long past the stage of putting random objects in her mouth I suppose any child could take a bite out of any plant at any time. They are likely to encounter significantly more toxic plants than this one and should not be eating any plant without the direction of an adult.
Betty, if you are interested in trading seeds for ones collected from a different color, d-mail me.
edited to add:
Oh. I guess I missed the part where you burned it. My bad.
This message was edited Jul 20, 2012 2:26 PM