The red poppies, with flowers that embellish any outdoor space and stand out for their lively colors, grow spontaneously both in the cultivated land, in the middle of the wheat fields, and in the meadows.
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They are easy to grow, do not require special care and at the same time ensure a very special note to your garden. The flowers of the red poppies are placed at the end of slender hairy stems and have velvety petals of ephemeral beauty.
They can be grown in the driest and sunniest areas of the garden, not very suitable for other flowers and to which red poppies give a natural and wild beauty.
The red poppy is a plant appreciated not only for its appearance, but also for its therapeutic virtues and for its use in cooking.
Red poppy flower native to the Mediterranean basin, the red poppy (or common poppy or rosolaccio) belongs to the Papaveraceae family.
The genus Papaver includes more than 70 species, of different colours and sizes. Some species can even reach one meter in height, while the dwarf varieties are only 20-25 cm tall.
The genus Papaver includes both annual and perennial species. The annual species, which also includes the papaver somniferum, are often toxic.
The delicate and odourless flowers of the poppy are placed at the extremity of the slender stem, the leaves are oval, long, with indented margins and covered by a thick down. The stem produces a milky substance that repels insects.
Most of them have red petals with black spots on the base. The upright stems are strong and long. They have a thick down and support elongated leaves with serrated edges.
The flowers begin to bloom from mid-May until June, but there are late varieties that last until October. It is precisely the flower that contains precious active ingredients that are used in the official pharmacopoeia.
In particular, some substances have sedative properties at the base of many remedies with a calming effect. The stamens are used in herbal medicine to create sedative herbal teas that relax both the mind and the muscles.