The Wizard of Oz - Poppies (1939)

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The field of the Deadly Poppies is a fictional field in the magical Land of Oz. The flowers are an element invented by L. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. The poppies are introduced in Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900 and appear in chapter eight titled The Deadly Poppy Field. The poppies of Oz are used as an obstacle of which involves the main characters in the plot of the story, Dorothy Gale, her pet dog named Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion.

The specific version of poppies in Oz are a rare magical species type of flower blossoms which all happen to hold a Papaver somniferum within it's core and scented petals which produces edible seeds. This is also the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as heroine and morphine.

Also, poppies are herbaceous annual, biennial or short-lived perennial plants. Some species are monocarpic, dying after flowering, but in Oz these poppies can never die or ever wilt. When surrounded by the odor of the poppies, they are so very powerful that anyone who breathes it in for too long, falls into a deep eternal slumber, from which they cannot wake and one could sleep on forever and ever amongst the poppies until eventual death.

There is no way to break this dark spell and stop the deadly flowers unless one were to be carried and taken out of the field and far away enough to breathe in fresh air and come out of the deadly trance. The most popular version of the Poppies are most memorable from the classic Judy Garland film of 1939 and were finally brought back to life in the plot of Disney's 2013-Prequel movie 'Oz the Great and Powerful'. Text retrieved from on September 1st, 2014.