An important reminder about propagating or selling the right poppy varieties: Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania

We appreciate that many Tasmanians love to grow or display poppies for the brilliant show they provide in Spring.

However, as you may be aware, occasionally prohibited poppy varieties have been grown in gardens, and sold as seed or as cut flowers accidently.

This season we are again reaching out to raise public awareness about the different poppies varieties that may be grown ornamentally and those that may contain alkaloids. Alkaloid poppies are used for pharmaceutical purposes under licence.

Poppies that contain alkaloids are a prohibited plant in Tasmania under the Poisons Act 1971 as they are toxic. It is an offence to grow or possess them without a licence.

Our main aim is to work with the community to help identify these plants and remove them if needed.

There are two species that are prohibited under the Biosecurity Act 2019 for import into Tasmania and for possession within Tasmania (Papaver somniferum and Papaver bracteatum). Please note that the Peony Poppy is a cultivar of Papaver somniferum and therefore considered to be a prohibited plant.

The know your poppies fact sheet can help gardeners to identify those poppies that must be avoided as they are illegal to grow or possess without a licence in Tasmania:

Know Your Poppies Fact Sheet

We appreciate your support to help protect public safety and the good biosecurity of our State’s valuable pharmaceutical poppy industry.

For further information, please contact the Regulated Crops Branch via Farmpoint on 1300 292 292 or email One of our officers would be happy to visit or speak to you.


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