It is my understanding that the opium poppy can be grown for ornamental purposes in the United States. At our local Extension Service a gentleman named Mike received a number of poppy seeds from a local resident. Mike has two green thumbs and everything he plants thrives. Two years ago he planted the seeds and since then, poppies are cropping up in the vegetable beds, on the roadside, in the mulch and in the soil for sale. Eventually our little town might have a profusion of this poppy growing everywhere, and I do wonder how the local constabulary will handle the situation.
This poppy also grows in my back garden, and is increasing in numbers each year. It is a beautiful flower, although the bloom only lasts for one day compared to the blossom of the common red poppy.
Special thanks to SteveMoulding for his UA on my image Welcome to Bergen - very much appreciated.
Thanks for looking today,