E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Papaver dubium L.
blind eyes (blindeyes)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a short taproot; stems erect, simple or branched, appressed stiff-hairy above, 30-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, oblanceolate, divided into 3-4 pairs of primary lateral lobes, short-stalked, spreading stiff-hairy, 10-20 cm long; stem leaves similar, slightly reduced above.
Inflorescence of solitary, terminal, erect flowers; buds nodding; flower stalks appressed stiff-hairy; petals 4, orange to red, rarely with a dark basal spot, 1-3 cm long.
Capsules, narrowly egg-shaped, smooth, distinctly ribbed, 1.5-2 cm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Victoria and the lower Fraser Valley; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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