Ornamental poppy

Question: ornamental poppy

Good evening, I have a firm of dried flowers and we import poppy for ornamental use, I wanted to ask if and where the poppy is grown in Italy and which varieties are absolutely legal for large crops in our country.

Answer: ornamental poppy

Dear Domenico,
Italian legislation is unclear on this subject, as it prohibits the production of opium, but does not define the name of plants that cannot be cultivated; for example for the cannabis it indicates instead specific just the name of the plant, that is forbidden to cultivate. In Italy and Europe, ornamental garden poppies are widespread, and the seeds are sold without any kind of limitation. That said, I don't know poppy producers, you should check with some agricultural consortium, or some association of cut flower producers.