|Scientific Name||Papaver somniferum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||PASO2|
|Common Name||Opium Poppy||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||18894|
|Description||Habitat: Various soils in creek bottoms, riverbeds, roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Erect, simple or branching, leafy annual, 3 to 5 feet tall.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves, oblong to ovate in outline, wavy, sessile or clasping; margins with coarse teeth or shallow lobes; basal leaves up to 6 inches long, becoming somewhat smaller along the stem.
Inflorescence: Large showy blossoms, 3+ inches across; 4 rounded, overlapping, papery petals, white, pink, red, or purple, often with dark or pale basal spot; many light yellow anthers surrounding 5 to 18 stigmata.
Bloom Period: Spring to summer.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason and Flora of North America.
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Map Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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