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Re: Criminalized Poppies (pink)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Criminalized Poppies (pink)
  • From: ECPep@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 11:04:04 -0700 (MST)

In a message dated 98-02-24 10:54:34 EST, you write:

<< I have a bag (!) of poppy seeds from a local friend that I haven't 
 planted (scattered) yet. They are pink; does anyone know what type these 
 Barb Johnson >>

The species form that grows here is silvery pink with a blotch of black or
grey in the the throat. The flowers are single.  The foliage is lettuce-like.
There is open pollinated variation: some of the pinks are salmon-pink.  The
size and vigor of the plant is dictated by the soil and water allowed.  Where
the soils are full of humus and get adequate water the plants can grow 4 feet

They produce tons of seed and come up everywhere.  If you collect seed and
sprinkle some after the first self seeded germination you can have several
generations.  A good annual to acquire.  The Rob Proctor book on heirloom
annuals gives a photograph and history of opium poppies in the garden.

Claire Peplowski

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