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Scientific Name: Papaver rhoeas

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Papaver rhoeas
Papaver rhoeas
Papaver rhoeas
Papaver rhoeas


  • Annual
  • Hardy annual, upright hairy stems, hairy light-green irregular toothed leaves.
  • Solitary bowl-shaped flowers, black/white blotch in center, born on long stems end of winter.
  • Full sun. Can plant in a pot.
  • To produce many flowers avoid feeding.
  • Pest and disease free. Remove heads after flowering - self seed.

Culinary Uses

  • Use seeds whole/ ground/ sweetened as filling in breads, biscuits and pastries.
  • For a nutty flavor- sprinkle seed over bread/ cakes and biscuits before baking.
  • Add to curry powder to give texture/flavor/ and as a thickener.
  • Add to spiced meat dishes/curries and salad dressing.
  • Use as a garnish.

Parts Used

  • Flowers and seed.
  • Collect ripe seeds - it is not narcotic.
  • Seeds must be ripe otherwise it will go mouldy.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Infusion with petals:
  • Aid irritating coughs, asthma, insomnia, poor digestion, nervous digestive disorders and minor painful conditions.
  • Place petals wet over pimples/ spots/ insect bites and leave it to dry.
  • Use pulp on warts.
  • Steep petals in white grape vinigar and add to bath to ease itches and rashes.
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