Papaver somniferum

The artist emphasizes the mythological part of history of the plant Papaver somniferum and its healing properties. “In the hands of Apollo and Asklepios, gods of medicine, the poppy capsules were symbolic of the curative qualities of the plant. In the hands of the gods of sleep, Hypnos, and night, Nyx, the opium poppy emphasizes its hypnotic properties. In the hands of Aphrodite, it is symbolic of pleasure and fertility.”
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