brown spots on poppy plants - Knowledgebase Question

EUGENE, OR (Zone 7B)
Question by cowgirrl1
February 27, 2009
My sister in California has Oriental poppies that are blooming. But there are brown spots around the buds (green part) that haven't opened quite yet? Should she worry about this? She lives near the N. Calif. coast.

Answer from NGA
February 27, 2009


Actually, what you describe is perfectly normal and will not affect the flowers when they open. It is called pre-flower latex and is simply a sign that some of the fluids within the plant escaped and then dried due to exposure to fresh air. The sepals will curl down beneath the petals when the flowers open.

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