Is the P.Somniferum Giganteum (giganthemum) just a normal Papaver Somniferum, but has been selected out for being of extra ordinary size?
It's a cultivar of Papaver somniferum. That means it's not a subspecies but is part of the main species and has just been selected to have certain characteristics which are reproducible when it is grown from its own seed. I have seen one assertion that it is actually a separate species, but it's not listed in Grey-Wilson's book as a species of P. somniferum, only as a cultivar.
Thank you so much, you answered my question perfectly.
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