Opium Poppy


If you live in the Chilterns may have noticed fields of cultivated Opium Poppy springing up in recent years. A farmer explained to me that it's part of a local trial to assess whether we can realistically produce our own morphine rather than exporting it all from Tasmania.

It's a weed that grows in my allotment, but as weeds go it's such a colourful one that I choose to allow it to survive.



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