Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shedding Petals


It's not only the orange or yellow (or both) of the petals, and the pink disk at the flower base, but the blue-green gray of the foliage as its foil, that captivates me. This is one of the plants comprising "medicine chest" gardens currently being promoted by herbalists here in Willits, as another component of localizing an array of resources for self/community sufficiency. While related to the opium poppy, the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) does not alter awareness or have similar narcotic effects, according to herbal references. But it is reputed to be a mild sedative and topical painkiller.

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12 comments:

magiceye said...

very interesting and they look very pretty too

Palm Axis said...

I love that you can now buy the seeds commercially. So beautiful and so easy to get started.

Petrea said...

Pretty pic. And I can eat all I want.

crittoria said...

I like those colors together - the green is so soft, but the orange is so brilliant. Great photo!

Afyonkarahisar said...

Like the texture and the color combination in this a lot.

USelaine said...

Thank you for all the comments!

Petrea - If you need something for stress, you could steep the leaves for a tea to drink before bed. Eating, not so much.

Knoxville Girl said...

Just looking at them makes me feel better.

Benjamin Madison said...

Beautiful photo!

Dina said...

What you write about the gardening is new to me and extremely interesting.
Hope the police know the difference between the various poppies. hehe

USelaine said...

Dina, you laugh, but I remember as a teenager being told that eating things with poppy seeds in them put the same chemical marker in our blood that opiate drugs did. So if, for any reason, we had a blood test, the "authorities" might think we were on heroin! If it were true, I suppose California poppy tea might do the same thing. Use your seatbelts, and drive safely.

USelaine said...

I also meant to add that the Medicine Chest Garden project doesn't seem to have its own web link, but I've visited their little demonstration garden and gotten their print material. If I can find it, I'll post more about the other plants. They are all supposed to be fairly safe to use, and easy to grow in our climate.

Grand Life said...

I enjoy your photo's and comments about the fun place you live.
Have a great week
Judy