They fill our plains and our hills in spring and many think are just weeds herbaceous plants that dwell in the streets and small green spaces still unused by man.
In truth, the poppy is a flower from the greater use and spread in different species suitable for growing in the garden.
The poppy has been known and used as infusion for its sedative and calming properties. The doses and quantities required to achieve the desired results obviously depend on the product that you will find on the market. It ‘always good to check with competent medical contraindications!
Poppy seeds have excellent properties beneficial to regulate cholesterol, act positively on the health of our bones and slow down aging.
Most species prefer full sun exposure and, with that, also well-draining soils that are able to “support” the watering. The sowing periods vary clearly according to the type of poppy that you have chosen for your garden but generally between March and June all kinds of seeds should be planted (unless otherwise stated).
Irrigation poppy will be still more abundant during flowering decreasing intensity in the dormant season, taking care to fertilize in early spring.
In contrast to what one might imagine, the environment, there are nearly a hundred species of poppies that are derived from the main ones:
Poppy roheas: Also called corn poppy, is the classic poppy grows wild in Europe’s meadows with blossoming of spring. Its intense color drowns meadows and is the space between the wheat fields. Unmistakable! From this species are “derived” other children of different colors like somniferum, the Argemone, the commutatum and others.
Poppy icelandic: It is a species that comes from northern Europe and, therefore, likes cool, moist soils climates. The subspecies are distinguished by the very imaginative colors and is therefore suited to lawn ornaments.
Poppy alpinum: this subspecies resides in mountain places or where cooler climates allow growth. Ideal for growing are the rustic or rock gardens that conform to the natural environment.
Poppy oriental: It is a perennial poppy Caucasian. For this is perhaps the most suitable for growing in the garden he held with colors and really fascinating shapes..
Poppy atlanticum: it is another perennial poppy, because of its origin, is also called the Spanish or Moroccan poppy. It blooms in late spring and prefers sunny areas.