Poppy's Interesting Facts
One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the source of the drug opium. The opium poppy is widely cultivated and its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It is used for production of dried latex and opium, the principal precursor of narcotic and analgesic opiates such as morphine, heroin and codeine.
Poppy products are also used in different paints, varnishes, and some cosmetics.
You can eat the seeds, they are often found in bagels and muffins.
In the UK following the trench warfare in the poppy fields during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.
Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep, peace, and death.
They secrete latex when injured.