Home
Spices & Medicinal Herbs
Spices
Vegetables
Herbs
Popular Herbs
Aloe Vera
Apple mint
African rue
Basil
Bayberry
Black Walnut
Capsicum
Coriander
Chives
Echinacea
Garlic
Lavender
Marshmallow
Mullein
Musli
Oregano
Stevia

Papaver rhoeas

(Common name:- Red poppy)

Classification

Papaver rhoeas

History

Poppy is narcotic plant which was brought in Europe 4000 years back and ancient Greek used it as a soothing agent.

Poppy is widely found in china and Afghanistan where it was introduced in 17 century.

Poppy consist of several species and colours like red, white, blue, pink etc. the cultivation is generally done commercially due to its narcotic properties.

Plant Description

The plant is erect and grows to 1.2 m in height.

The leaves are lance shaped, 5 cleft and the segments being cut-toothed.

The capsules are ovate, small, sooth and truncate containing numerous seeds inside.

Cultivation

It is traditional symbol of United States and abundantly found here in the fields and gardens.

Red poppy is cultivated in temperate regions of Asia, United States, North Africa and Europe.

Being an ornamental plant it is found in gardens and fields bearing colourful flowers.

Parts Used

Flowers and Seeds.

Constituents

Poppy contains alkaloids like papaverine, rhoeadine, isorhoeadine; meconic acid, mekocyanin, mucilage, and tannin.

Uses

Red poppy is being used as mild sedative, analgesic and widely used as herbal remedy in European countries.

It is also capable of curing cough, and also used as pain reliever; for asthma, insomnia, and nervous irritability.

Above medicinal uses poppy is being used as opium in china and Afghanistan where it is cultivated commercially for this purpose.

Names





Disclaimer: The site does not advice you to take any action, we only provide information based on research done by various people world wide. One should consult their doctor, physician or an expert before taking any action or herbal/natural remedy mentioned on this website.


Spices :: Herbs :: Vegetables
Copyright 2006-2012, Spices and Medicinal Herbs