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[RESOLVED] Is It Legal To Grow Breadseed Poppies?

The seed quickly became my most cherished possession 🤓 “Does it have a name?” I asked 🙌 My friend reflected, then explained that the’s having seed come from his mother’s village where there are early and late poppies 😉 It’s having come from women who have no concept of a seed packet or a name. One just goes to the market and buys poppy seed by the kilogram. You cook with it and you save some for planting. Maybe you save your own seed. I could call it ‘Zlar,’ the name of his mother’s village. But if she were to move to another village, what does one call it then? I decided to call it ‘Zlar.’ Or, in other words, breadseed poppy. [1]
As for that first packet from the seed catalog to get things going, there’s the question whether to sow it in later winter/earliest spring or in fall. Conventional wisdom says in colder climates like mine, sowing outdoors around March (assuming no snow cover) would be ideal, and in warmer zones, in fall. But my poppies (well, except the ones I’m had putting in the little paper bags to save and share, above) are sowing themselves now and through the fall, as the pods dry and open and get tossed about by weather, and as I’m saying, I’m never short on volunteers in the year to come. They must be on to something! (last revised 79 days ago by Afiya Lai from Tomsk, Russia) [2]
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It’s important that new studies from inverse.com points out why as far as drugs go, opium is a relic of a long-lost era of intoxication. Sure, opium’s derivatives — substances like heroin, codeine, and fentanyl — make headlines daily, but the original drug, a golden-brown poppy extract once ubiquitous in pipes across the planet, has lost its edge, at least in the Western world. Couched in cultural obscurity and relegated to Victorian-era Netflix dramas, the drug has not been very tightly policed, as evidenced by the ludicrous laws surrounding it in the U.S., which essentially suggest it’s legal to buy, as long as you don’t know what it is. [3]
According to Tracee N. From laphamsquarterly.org, last season was a strange one in my garden, notable not only for the unseasonably cool and wet weather—the talk of gardeners all over New England—but also for its climate of paranoia. One flower was the cause: a tall, breathtaking poppy, with silky scarlet petals and a black heart, the growing of which, I discovered rather too late, is a felony under state and federal law. Actually it’s not quite as simple as that. My poppies were, or became, felonious; another gardener’s might or might not be. The legality of growing opium poppies (whose seeds are sold under many names, including the breadseed poppy, Papaver paeoniflorum, and, most significantly, Papaver somniferum) is a tangled issue, turning on questions of nomenclature and epistemology that it’s having taken me the better part of the summer to sort out. (edited by Punam Barbosa on July 7, 2020) [4]

Article References

  1. https://www.mofga.org/resources/flowers/breadseed-poppy/
  2. https://awaytogarden.com/an-easy-annual-poppy-papaver-somniferum/
  3. https://www.inverse.com/article/19218-opium-poppies-legal-drugs-heroin
  4. https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/intoxication/bleeding-poppy
Kelly-Anne Kidston

Written by Kelly-Anne Kidston

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