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Flowers 101: Poppies

The scientific name Papaver, which translates to food or milk in Latin, refers to the milky fluid of the flower's pods. There are 120 species that belong to the Poppy family in a variety of vibrant shades like red, yellow and orange. They bloom in large numbers during summer, and prefer moist soil. Each long, hairy stalk holds one flower and the petals are very thin, almost like tissue paper. Poppies are an ancient flower that were used as decoration in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and although they don't last very long, poppies make great bouquets as well as beautiful garden borders. To make cut poppies last, burn the end of the stem with a match until it blackens, or dip it in boiling water for several minutes. They are one of the most popular wildflowers and the official flower of California. In your garden, remove dead foliage after dormancy or frost to ensure that they grow back pretty and healthy.

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pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
well opium poppies are used to make something. . . . And when I saw this picture I thought you were going to include a recipe that had flowers, since I had heard somewhere that many are edible! LOL.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
Do they really make you stoned like on Wiz of Oz? They;re gorgeous flowers.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Gorgeous!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
"Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep...sleep..." Sorry, I had to! I think poppies are gorgeous - such bold colors!
MalibuStaceyinDE MalibuStaceyinDE 10 years
I never can get wild poppies to last in a vase...thanks for the tip!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 10 years
I adore poppies too.
vapidintuition vapidintuition 10 years
I love poppies. At my wedding, our colours were light blues and greens, and then BRIGHT ORANGE POPPIES! We had poppies EVERYWHERE. It was awesome. Our anniversary is this weekend, too. I'm so glad you posted this, I'm in love with poppies, and hope other people do too! They're so beautiful.
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