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Poppies- friend or foe?
by Creusebear • Sat 28 May 2016 18:30

I love poppies and would have them all over the garden. There is a farmer's field next door and Tom says they are regarded as weeds and the farmer wouldn't be happy if they spread. Is that true?

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Re: Poppies- friend or foe?
by virtdave • Sat 28 May 2016 23:15

We have a lot of Flanders poppies--coquelicots--in a part of our garden. They do self-seed, and I suppose could become invasive, but we've enjoyed them, and had no trouble. I think they are rather toxic to cattle, so farmers may not care for them. They're starting to bloom now and they are quite pretty. They don't produce a lot of opium, unlike their cousins, papaver somniferum, which are I think illegal to grow, tho I see a lot of them around.

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Re: Poppies- friend or foe?
by edmoraz • Sun 29 May 2016 08:28

We use to have a lot of self seeded poppies then nothing for a few years and then up they would come again, I wonder how long the seeds can lay dormant for. Sometimes it was a good five years in between them showing their faces.

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