Peony Poppy Black Seeds(medicinal) (appx 200 seeds)
Papaver paeoniflorum | ‘Black’
Named for their fluffy, peony-like blooms, Peony Poppies are another annual variety considered to be a ‘Breadseed Poppy’. Unlike true peonies, which can take a few seasons to get going, peony poppies will bloom the summer after a fall or winter sowing. They grow to an average height of 3- 4 ft and their double-petaled, puffy blooms measure up to 5 inches wide. The bluish-green lettuce-like foliage and large seedpods only add to the plant’s interest. This Peony Poppy is known as the ‘Black’ variety because of the nearly black blooms.
These poppies will enjoy an area of full sunlight in cool regions and partial shade in warmer regions. They do best in well-drained, loose soil. Scatter seeds in the fall, late winter, or early spring while the last winter snow recedes. Starting poppies at the edge of melting snow is recommended. (You can freeze seeds for 48+ hours before sowing to increase the germination rate.) They can be established directly in the garden, in flower beds, along driveways, walkways & fences or even in a naturalized setting, by the masses. The beautiful, big blooms attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden including butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs & even hummingbirds.
When dried, the large seed pods are prized by florists for flower arrangements and other crafts.
Part shade to full sun.
Height: 3-4 ft
How & Why:
- Poppy extracts have traditionally been used to relax smooth muscle tone, making them potentially useful in the treatment of diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The extract has been used as a sedative analgesic and antitussive.
- Poppy seeds are used as a condiment with baked goods and pastries for their nutty odor and flavor. Poppy oil is widely used as an edible cooking oil. The oil is also used in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, and soaps.
- Poppy seed is generally recognized as safe for human consumption as a spice or a natural flavoring.
- Ancient Egyptian doctors would have their patients eat seeds from a poppy to relieve pain.
- Poppy seeds contain small quantities of both morphine and codeine, which are pain-relieving drugs that are still used today.
- Poppy seeds and fixed oils can also be nonnarcotic because when they are harvested about twenty days after the flower has opened, the morphine is no longer present.