All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Orange Poppy</strong> close-up
<em>Papaver dubium*</em> /Poppy Family
May 26, 2006<br>
These pretty flowers decorate the medians and exit ramps along the interstates thanks to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. These were photograph...
Orange Poppy close-up
Papaver dubium* /Poppy Family
May 26, 2006

These pretty flowers decorate the medians and exit ramps along the interstates thanks to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. These were photographed at the Crab Orchard exit on Interstate 40. I once had a man call me to ask where he could find large masses of these flowers. When I explaned that they don't grow wild and are only planted along the interstates he was disappointed, he wanted them as a backdrop for a music video! The purple flowers are larkspurs that were in the wildflower seed mix. The flowers that the TDOT plants are not native, they are just for "eye appeal". Papaver species contain codine, morphine, and protopine, they are poisonous to cattle.

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