The fresh petals of Papaver Rhoeas. From indigenous plants.

Characters. - Of a scarlet colour and heavy poppy odour. On drying, they become dull in colour and lose their odour.

Composition. - They contain a red colouring matter soluble in water and spirit, but none of the alkaloids of opium. An alkaloid, rhoeadine, which they do contain has no poisonous action.

Preparation

B.P.

Dose.

Syrupus Rhoeados................................................

1 fl. dr. or more.

Use. - They have little or no physiological action, and are only used for colouring.