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ambermac
Mar 18, 2016 10:14 PM CST
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Flower is maybe as big around as a tennis ball (probably a little smaller)
Leaves are simple & alternate.

Any ideas? Please and thank you!
Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
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V33JG
Mar 18, 2016 10:52 PM CST
Hi ambermac!

This looks like the flower papaver somniferum aka a poppy! Its beautiful!
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billyporter
Mar 19, 2016 6:31 AM CST
Agreed! I love them! I call them Shirley Poppies.
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plantladylin
Mar 19, 2016 9:41 AM CST
It does look like a Poppy (Papaver). Can you tell us where it's growing, state, country? Do you by chance have a photo of the leaves that you can share? Check out these two already mentioned for comparison:
Flanders Field Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum)
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robertduval14
Mar 19, 2016 10:34 AM CST

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My first thought was also a Flanders Poppy.
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billyporter
Mar 19, 2016 2:07 PM CST
I think Rob is right. I have red, I have pink. They can be double or single.

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jmorth
Mar 19, 2016 2:49 PM CST

Looks like Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) to me.



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jmorth
Mar 19, 2016 2:55 PM CST
That last link is an expert's opinion.
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ambermac
Mar 19, 2016 7:34 PM CST
Thank you for all of the help! I don't have a clear photo of the leaves, I was in a hurry and didn't think to take a picture. But this is central Texas, the Edwards Plateau area. It was growing all by itself, just one flower. I didn't see any anywhere else.
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Mar 19, 2016 7:52 PM CST
There are three species of Poppies recorded in Central Texas. Papaver dubium, Papaver rhoeas, and Papaver somniferum. To me yours most closely resembles P. somniferum.
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billyporter
Mar 20, 2016 5:38 AM CST
I'll stand corrected :o)
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 20, 2016 3:29 PM CST
I agree Papaver somniferum. Also called breadseed poppy because the seeds are used in poppyseed muffins and my favorite, Einstein bread. Don't ever take a drug test after eating poppyseed muffins (or Einstein bread). Another story...

My Mother in Law was an incredible baker. On a trip to Turkey, she decided to buy poppyseeds (ah-Oh!) because she hated spending money on key ingredients like poppyseeds and Marzapan. She asked the taxi driver to write it down and she went to the local market and started showing her scrap of paper with name to vendors. (BTW, my Mother in Law was a 95 lb. elderly Japanese lady). Finally someone said yes and she bought a kilo of poppyseeds in Turkey at a farmers market (How could this possibly go wrong?).

She actually got them through customs - a kilo of poppyseeds! Once back home, she went into production. On a visit with them, my M-in-L was pushing poppyseed bread and my F-in-L was warning us not to eat it. It was turning his tongue numb. I volunteered to take some of her poppyseeds home and plant them (I actually thought they were onion seeds).

Love-in-Mist!! She brought home a kilo of Love-in-Mist seeds. I am still pulling them out of my yard 20 years later.

Daisy

PS: Although you have been told that the poppy seeds you buy in the baking isle won't grow, they grow just fine. You too can be harvesting poppy seeds (or opium).
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Leftwood
Mar 20, 2016 4:17 PM CST
Love-in-the Mist....
But was it this one:
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Or this one?
https://wordsandherbs.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/nigella-damas...


Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 20, 2016 4:25 PM CST
Second one: Nigella damascena
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Leftwood
Mar 20, 2016 4:28 PM CST
The seeds of the first are used for flavoring, but the second, I don't think so.....
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DaisyI
Mar 20, 2016 4:35 PM CST
It (the second) apparently makes your tongue numb. Smiling
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billyporter
Mar 21, 2016 5:27 AM CST
Daisy,
That is priceless!!
How much is a kilo?

Rick,
I didn't know there were two kinds of Love in a Mist.

This was a very good thread, lol!!
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 21, 2016 6:45 AM CST
Sally, a kilo is 2.2lb. That's a lotta seeds - or a lotta Love-in-a-Mist, as Daisy found out.

Great story, Daisy. I'm really surprised she managed to get them through customs at all!

Yes, I used to love bagels with poppyseeds on them. But they do make your drug tests come back positive for opioids!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2016 9:47 AM CST
It was even kilo shaped like two bricks side by side.
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Name: Sally
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billyporter
Mar 21, 2016 12:11 PM CST
Laughing, that is quite a lot of seeds.

Daisy give your Mom a hug from me. I so enjoyed her story!
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