Papaver oriental from Curtis's botanical magazine; or, flower-garden displayed.
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Image ID: SIL-93-8881
Original Caption: Papaver orientale.
The wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz thought a poppy field would put Dorothy and her friends to sleep. Well, she wasn’t thinking of the Eastern poppy, also known as Oriental poppy, or Papaver orientale. Unlike the opium poppy, the Eastern poppy is not useful for making sleep-inducing opiates, and its seeds are not eaten. Instead, the Eastern poppy is a decorative garden plant that tends to come in shades of orange, red, pink, or white. Native to Turkey and Iran, the Eastern poppy thrives in mountainous regions and has few pests or diseases. It is also toxic to animals, so if animals often eat the flowers in your garden, try planting some Eastern poppies. The animals will not be tempted to munch on them and will look elsewhere for a snack.