Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Opium Poppy - Papaver somniferum   L.
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DistributionMostly Piedmont and low Mountains. Many specimens at SERNEC lack label data.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. scattered from southern Canada and southward.
HabitatRoadside, bank of Yadkin River (Caldwell Co.), abandoned homesite (Durham Co.). Generally in disturbed areas.
PhenologyFlowering May-July.
IdentificationOpium Poppy is readily identified by its sessile, clasping leaves and its large (to 2.5 inches across) flowers. Flowers may be white, pink, red, or purple; and each petal has a dark basal spot.
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B.A. SorrieSame data. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
B.A. SorrieRobinson Crusoe Island, Chile, 2016. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC

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