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General information

The poppy is an annual herbaceous plant native to Turkey but also found across Europe and Asia. Commonly named Corn Poppy or Papaver rhoeas it differs from the Papaver somniferum, which is a plant grown mainly to produce opium and contains several narcotic alkaloids including morphine and codeine. The plants stem is hairy and straight and grows to 80 cm. The plant is topped with a red flower and has a black spot in the middle (in the somniferum variety the flower colour can change from white to violet). Papaver (a genus of the poppy) grows in fields between rows of grain and also along hedges. These flower between June and August and the plant leaves are large with jagged edges. The fruit pods hold very small black seeds.

Health Benefits

The capsule contains alkaloids that can be exploited for their mild sedative properties. They are used in paediatrics and are consumed with other herbs in tea infusions to relieve coughs.




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