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Poppy (Papaver somniferum)

Papaver rhoeas (common names include corn poppy, corn rose, field poppy, Flanders poppy, red poppy, and red weed) is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family, Papaveraceae.

This poppy, a native of Europe, is notable as an agricultural weed (hence the "corn" and "field") and as a symbol of fallen soldiers. In the course of history, poppies have always been attributed important medicinal properties. Although the corn poppy (and its cultivars such as the Shirley poppy) and the California poppy are widely grown in gardens, only Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, has significant farm production.

Papaver rhoeas contains the alkaloid called rhoeadine which is a mild sedative. The black seeds are edible, and can be eaten either on their own or as an ingredient in breads. Oil made from the seed is highly regarded in France. The petals contain a red dye which is used in some medicines and wines, also the dried petals are occasionally used to give colour to potpourris. It was also used in folk medicine, as a cure for gout, various aches and pains. The petals were used to create a syrup that was fed to children to help them sleep.

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