The University of Washington’s Vegetable Research and Extension Center says…
“It is Legal to grow Papaver somniferum in the United States for garden and seed production purposes; it is only illegal to manufacture opium from the poppies.”
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According to the Wikipedia, the U.S. Law States:
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In fact, here’s a photo of one I purchased at my Local grocer (who also happens to be a Major Chain).
This wasn’t just a one-time thing either.
They sell them every year and have a variety of them. As do 3 other Nurseries in my area.
The only part that is rare about this Photo, is that they usually don’t label them as “Somniferum”. They usually call the “Breadseed” poppy, or “Paeoniflorum”
In fact, this year, they were Selling Fresh Cut Somniferum Stems sitting in Water for $1.99 each
(click Images below to enlarge)
There are usually TWO Opposing Opinions (below).
Pay close attention to the ‘Wording’.
It all has to do with the grower’s ‘Intent’.
Only ONE can be Right;
YES! Somniferum Poppies are 100% LEGAL to grow for their Seeds & Aesthetics
To learn how,
There is most definitely a ‘Grey Area’ of Confusion on this Matter – and it seems to be quite the Conversation on every Gardening Blog, Video Comment, or Forum I read these days.
The average Gardener who purchased a ‘Living Somniferum Plant Start‘ at their Local Nursery, would probably perform a Search on Google for something like: “Gardening Tips for Transplanting Somniferum Poppies’
Or perhaps, ‘What are Papaver somniferum Poppies’?
“Cuz, the DEA says the Opium Poppy (and Poppy Straw) is a Schedule II Narcotic. So, since I have no clue what Schedule II is, & can only imagine what people snort through Poppy Straws, it must mean that it’s like, totally ILLEGAL…and stuff.” -‘Druggie Gardener‘
PEOPLE REALLY DO SAY THOSE THINGS! But the facts are this. A Schedule II Narcotic is NOT Illegal. It just means they need to be PRESCRIBED by a Licensed Physician. ONLY Schedule I Drugs are Illegal (such as LSD, PCP, Weed, etc). We do NOT Condone the use of anything illegal.
That’s right. MANY PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET A PRESCRIPTION FOR OPIUM, METH, AND EVEN COCAINE! BUT HEY, THAT’S WHY I WRITE THIS, TO CLEAR THE CONFUSION.
For the REAL Facts, please Read: The DEA Fact Sheet on OPIUM
Or, you could see our TUTORIAL on ‘GROWING Opium POPPIES’ HERE
The reason for referring to the DEA’s Statements above, had to do with all that mumbo jumbo I spoke of in the Green Section about ‘Grower’s ‘Intent’. Remember all that? How “INTENT’ can usually influence how one goes about “Searching” for, and GATHERING, their Info?
A ‘Druggie’ Gardener who has illicit Intentions, will most likely look up Laws having to do with “Growing Opium”, only to end up at the DEA’s Website which states that “Opium Production’ & Processing ‘Poppy Straw’ is Illegal…bla bla bla”.
What the ‘Druggie’ fails to realize though, is that the DEA already Pre-defines the Intentions of the reader due to the very fact that their referring to the poppy in that regard. Because “Opium” and “Poppy Straw” are both terms used in reference to illicit use, or for manufacturing Drugs.
(many times, even Seed Packets are Labeled Alternative Florist Names such as ‘Bread Seed Poppy‘, ‘papaver paeoniflorum‘, there are also related Wild Strains such as ‘Papaver Setigerum’ but rarely seen at stores)
SO WHY ELSE DO PEOPLE GROW THEM? U Ask?
In my opinion, Somniferum Poppies, have some of the most Exotic blooms, Amazing Colors, and Beautiful Flowers of any kind I’ve Seen.
If you disagree, take a look at the FLICKR SLIDESHOW & Our VIDEO from some of our recent Grow Seasons- ALL of which are Somniferum Poppies:
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