Oct. 15, 2021

oriental poppy, Papaver intermedium

Mostly we recognize oriental poppies from our gardens. Here in Michigan they are being recognized as occasional wild flowers of fields and roadsides. Why just us? Because many people lump Papaver intermedium in with P. orientale. But it seems to us that the presence of the dark spots on the petals and leaves on the stems are cause for a separate species. And maybe serious collectors of plant specimens don't always take such obvious garden escapes seriously? Lenawee Co MI, 5/23/12. Poppy family, Papaveraceae.