Sunday, April 7, 2013
Botany picture #54: Papaver atlanticum
Papaver atlanticum (Papaveraceae), cultivated in Germany, 2005. Together with willows and Allium, the poppy genus is one of the few plant groups I sometimes really miss in this country. I don't know why, because Australia surely has much more biodiversity to make up for it; especially the local Asteraceae, Lamiaceae and Proteaceae are very much to my liking.
This particular species from NW Africa is not as intense in its color as many other poppies, more orange than red, but it has the advantage of being perennial. I established it in my parents' garden where it has been growing happily for many years now.