March 03, 2006

Breadseed poppies: art, architecture and confusion

The San Francisco Chronical has a fantastic beginners tutorial on growing Breadseed Poppies (aka Opium Poppies) -- but while the article presents lots of useful information, its casual tone highlights the confusion over the legal status of Papaver Somniferum in the USA.


These plants are showstoppers. Passers-by routinely gawk at mine when they're in full bloom, the tallest at their eye level. With their impressive variety, spectacular blooms and strange seed pods, breadseed poppies are one of the easiest ways to add a bit of architecture and a lot of dazzle to your garden.

Let's just hope none of those passers-by are DEA agents. This wishy-washy nomenclature just further serves to cloud the issue and allow for selective persecution by the authorities. After all, these flowers are everywhere -- yet their legal status only ever becomes an issue when troublemakers happen to have a few in their garden.

So go ahead and plant your opium poppy seeds -- as long as you keep your nose clean and call your plants "Breadseed Poppies" you've got yourself a garden showpiece! If only it was that simple.

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July 20, 2001

The Poppy Paradox

Beware: Reading This Article Could Make You Into A Felon, But Not Reading It Could Get You Arrested. At least that's the tagline from this 1998 story from the San Luis Obispo County NewTimes. Interesting stuff, although a bit dated. Archived for posterity of course. :-)

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October 10, 2000

Papaver Somniferum 101

Patcolli brings us his first contribution to the library project with a great all-around guide for the first time Poppy Gardener. All of the basics are covered, from planting and care all the way to recipies and some recommended reading for the novice grower.

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September 26, 2000

Maximum Security Garden

Poppynewbe graces us with his debut article on how to build a garden fit to hold a serial killer. "Maximum Security Garden" is a short primer on how to build the perfect animal proof garden.

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September 19, 2000

The Poppy Primer

A Short Primer on the basics of Poppy Growing, by who else but the Rev. This is older, but it's now the first entry into the newly launched "Library" section of the site. If you would like to volunteer as a writer for the library, and get your name up in lights, send an email to The Rev. Ayatollah Jones.

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