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Poppies: P.Somniferum Giganteum

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gd501
Dearborn Heights, MI

May 21, 2007
9:25 PM

Post #3520784

Is the P.Somniferum Giganteum (giganthemum) just a normal Papaver Somniferum, but has been selected out for being of extra ordinary size?
paracelsus
Elmira, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2007
9:44 PM

Post #3524600

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.
gd501
Dearborn Heights, MI

May 23, 2007
4:32 PM

Post #3527442

Thank you so much, you answered my question perfectly.

This message was edited May 23, 2007 11:32 AM

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