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A couple of days ago I turned on the news ( Anderson 360) and learned that it would be followed by a documentary on the Opium industry of Afganistan. I decided to watch it for a little while and I am embarrassed to admit that I instantly fell in love with the poppies they were growing for opium. They didn't go into cultivation but I gather they are annuals, but they were absolutely magnificent -- fields and fields of poppies. Some were red with feathered petals at the top and white at the bottom of the petals. They were large and lush looking. Some were all white with petals feathered on top. I think they were singles but they weren't really trying to show the flower.
I have seen what I was told was the opium poppy in the US and it was a deep purple, very nice, but no where near as pretty as these ones in Afghanistan.
I don't plan to go on a crusade to find the seeds, but I would love to grow these, for viewing purposes, not drug purposes. I don't think they are illegal in the US, probably because the work to make opium is obviously something that would have to be done in a third world country where labor is dirt cheap.
On the other hand, I wouldn't mind a bit having a row of these in my garden.
Did any of the rest of you see the documentary. It was quite good, but the flowers were the best part.
My friends all laughed when they found out what I was most interested in was the flowers, not the narco-traffic. But that is the way I am!