Opium poppy - plant profile
The plantOpium poppy is an upright herb growing to a height of 50 -150 cm.
|Opium poppies with large fruit capsules.|
Flowers - with papery petals that can vary in colour from white to red or lilac with a darker purple base.
Fruits - a rounded capsule topped with the disc-like stigma remains. The liquid that is obtained from the fruit capsule contains morphine alkaloids which are dried to produce raw opium. Opium is used to manufacture medicinal drugs such as codeine and morphine, and for illegal drugs such as heroin.