The poppy is a characteristic plant that is found in abundance in the natural state with spontaneous germination in many areas of Italy, and includes 125 different species. The poppy is commonly recognized because of its red petals, on a stem that can reach up to 80 cm in height. Many species have flowers with red petals and black spots at the base, which form a dark inner circle, but clearly visible given the opening of the individual petals. From the stem, long and robust, which has characteristic hairs, leaves with jagged edges branch off. Poppies usually bloom in the period between May and June, but late blooms are not uncommon even at the gates of autumn. The sedative properties of the flowers and stamens mean that the poppy is widely used in pediatrics and medicine: alone or together with other herbs it can give life to excellent herbal teas with calming properties in case of cough, bronchitis and inflammation of the respiratory tract. In medicine it can also be used as a pain reliever, thanks to the active ingredients that affect pain receptors. It is also an edible plant: the tender sprouts can be used for vegetable-based soups, or boiled and seasoned, to be consumed as spinach or salad. The variant with white flowers is also widely used as a sedative in herbal medicine, which however is not found as spontaneous germination on the Italian territory.


Poppy contains large quantities of alkaloids, substances with sedative and calming properties. For this reason, the plant is widely used both in traditional medicine and in herbal medicine and phytotherapy, as a sedative for coughs, bronchitis, inflammation of the respiratory tract. Also suitable for children, care must be taken to avoid its use in case of respiratory insufficiency. However, it is necessary to distinguish the effects of the so-called papaver rehas poppy with those of the opium poppy, from which opium and medicinal substances are obtained that are able to act on pain receptors and function as powerful sedatives. Also used together with other herbs to create tasty herbal teas, poppy can also prove to be an excellent remedy for stress and a mild calming. For this reason, a poppy tea before going to sleep is often recommended for those who have problems with insomnia or difficulty relaxing and falling asleep. The parts used in medicine and herbal medicine are the flowers and stems, which contain the greatest amount of active ingredients. Colic, insect bites, skin inflammation and sunburn are other ailments that can greatly benefit from the use of creams or drinks based on flowers, seeds and poppy leaves.

Cultivation and hiring

The poppy, in its most widespread form, is also found as a fruit of spontaneous germination, especially close to cereal fields and crops of various kinds. It is therefore easily possible to cultivate the plant both for ornamental purposes and for phytotherapeutic use, to give life to herbal teas and infusions, or, as seen previously, even to give life to original and tasty dishes and culinary delicacies. For the cultivation of the poppy it is good to rely on open spaces, planting the different tufts at least thirty cm away from each other and in a soil not too rich in humus; it is no coincidence that the plant germinates naturally on arid and relatively poor soils. They require a lot of sun and, since they are extremely delicate plants, it is best to plant the shoots in theorbo discs if a transfer is foreseen, in order to limit the trauma for the growing plant. Sowing can take place in autumn or spring, while flowering occurs in spring or autumn. While powerful and potentially toxic medicinal substances are made from the latex of the stems of some poppy species, from opium to codeine, the flowers are extremely popular in herbal medicine as sedatives and can be taken, in the form of herbal teas or infusions, at any age.

Poppy: Products on the market

If strictly medical products are excluded, such as codeine and opium, which can be purchased and used strictly under medical supervision, herbal teas and other products obtained from red poppy flowers and leaves can be safely used without particular contraindications, except made for people suffering from respiratory failure. The most common form of use is that of herbal teas and infusions, which are sold for relaxing and slightly sedative purposes, therefore also as light sleeping pills. However, creams and ointments that are used to reduce epidermal inflammation, related to burns or insect bites, are also very popular. For the beauty of the skin it is also possible to buy poppy-based oils and essences. Finally, cough syrups containing active ingredients extracted directly from the poppy are abundant.

Poppy - Papaver

Among the perennial species it is grown in gardens papaver oriental, of which there are numerous hybrids, have very large flowers, and there are hybrids in various shades of colors, in shades of pink, yellow and red, even double and very double. Among the alpine species we remember papaver nudicaule, a typical flower of the European Alps, with white or yellow flowers in nature, there are garden hybrids with pink and orange flowers.

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Corn poppy is an annual plant 40 to 50 centimeters tall. In this product, mixed together are varieties with single or double flowers in a beautiful range of colors, ranging from white to red to purple. The flowering period of the plants lasts from May until August. Corn Poppy is highly recommended for flower beds or for creating colorful compositions on lawns.

Grows: Sow the seeds directly in flower beds in early spring. Young plants do not tolerate transplanting. After the seeds have sprouted, dilute the plants in 20-30 cm intervals.

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Persistent foliage
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Not widespread plant
Patented variety

Vulgar name: Iceland poppy


Papaver nudicaule has long lobed leaves, gathered in basal rosettes, bluish green.

Naked, thin stems, each bearing a yellow flower, about 6 cm in diameter.

Flowering from April to autumn.

Main Varieties:

'Gartenzwerg': H. 20/30 cm. Mixture of colors. Large flowers carried on sturdy stems. Suitable for cut flower.

'Matador': H. 50 cm. Very large scarlet red flowers.

'Oregon Rainbow': H. 40 cm. Mixture of colors in very delicate shades, with a dominance of white, yellow, salmon, etc ..

How to grow poppies


In the height of summer we see expanses of red poppies in the fields. But did you know that they can also be grown on the terrace and in the garden? Find out how to do it with us

We are used to seeing them grow spontaneously in the fields and this makes us think that the cultivation of poppies in pots or in the garden is not possible. Nothing more wrong! Let's debunk this legend with some practical tips on home growing:

The best time to sow annual poppies is autumn. The very small seeds should be placed on the ground and lightly pressed. If you divide the seeds into several groups and plant each group at intervals of a week or two, the garden will have colorful flowers for a longer period. Water the seeds that have just been placed in the soil. For the perennial species, the suitable season is spring.

They love the sun for at least 5/6 hours a day, without exaggerating!

The optimal one for a good cultivation is a light and well-drained soil, rich in sand and gravel.

Poppies resist even in conditions of substantial aridity and therefore they do not need abundant watering. In the hottest periods, for those in pots it is enough once every 4/5 days, in the ground once a week.

I are fine common fertilizers for plants.

Avoid transplanting adult specimens, they would not resist sterss. If you really have no alternatives. do the transplant in the evening and wet them well.
Too much sun can be lethal.

There are poppies of all colors: there are as many as 100 different species of from pink to white, from yellow to orange.

Poppies can be used to decorate hedges and borders and to create spaces with a country mood. If you pair them with
delphinium, do not forget me, nepeta, grasses is daisies, the result will be amazing.

At the end of August, collect the seeds from the dry capsules: you can use them to prepare cakes and bread. Or keep them cool for later planting.

Papaver somniferum

Papaver somniferum, of Asian origin, contains a large amount of alkaloids from this small decorative plant, opium is obtained, and for this reason it is cultivated in some European countries, to use its active ingredients for therapeutic purposes.

In Asia, and in particular in Afghanistan, it is illegally cultivated to produce heroin, in very large quantities, especially in the most remote rural areas of the area.

The production of opium is obviously restricted and regulated by strict laws, so the cultivation of papaver somniferum, whose cultivation is not prohibited, is therefore strictly forbidden to extract opium from poppies, but not to cultivate them, also because it is necessary to have of a plantation of poppies to obtain opium in quantity, while from a bed of papaver somniferum it is not possible to obtain substantial quantities of opium such as to make the cultivation of such plants prohibited.

Therefore, if we see some interesting seeds of papaver somniferum, we can safely sow them in the garden in front of the house, without fear of committing illegal acts.

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