As Afghanistan becomes more and more unstable, it has once again become a haven for opium poppy growers.
Bloodroot is a perennial and belongs to the same family as the opium poppy, the Papaveraceae.
From the latex of the opium poppy the opium of commerce is extracted.
The opium poppy, also a spring crop, is cultivated to some extent in the lower part of the valley.
It is produced from the heads of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).
In fact, to stop growing the opium poppy has meant in some cases a decrease of 75 per cent, in the profit and value of the land.
opium poppy n.
A plant native to Turkey and adjacent areas, having grayish-green leaves and variously colored flowers and cultivated as a source of opium.