's grown what were likely Tasmanian Giganthemums, and Persian Whites.
The tazzie gigs had white flowers with 4 dark purple swipes in them and the petals would fall off within just 24 hours of appearing. swim's largest plant produced 36 or 37 pods, with the "crown pods" being the size of a tennis ball. The foliage was moderate to dark green. These plants had very large leaves, the largest leaf was 10 inches in width at its widest point. The stalks of the pods had "hair" or soft-spikes on them. When they got mature the part of the leaves closest to the stalk developed a powdery-blue/lavender "haze" or frosting on them that could be wiped off with your finger. They also would develop a tourquoisey ring just below the pods crown during maturation, once this ring faded and was no longer visible or very faint, they are ready for harvest.
When lanced, they secreted either a white or light brown latex
that would then dry into a moderate to dark brown material.
swim's persian whites never got more than 5 or 6 pods per plant. The flowers were a yellow-white cream color, with no swipes, and would remain on the plant for 7-10 days before falling off. However, flower color has NO relevance to the strain. If you have TRUE persian whites, they will have a white frosting or "haze" on ALL of the foliage, pods, and stalks, THIS is how you know its a persian white. The stalks of the pods had no hair/spikes on them.
When lanced, they secreted a light pink (muave) colored latex and would then dry into a dark-maroon colored material.
You cannot identify a strain by its flower colors. This has no relation to anything, it really doesnt.
The way to identify giganthemums (and hybrids) aside from the large pod size (tennis ball sized crown-pods), is:
- Hairs/spikes on the stalks of the pods (not the plants trunk/branches)
- A tourqoise ring forms just under the crown of the pod when its maturing and disappears/fades when theyre ready for harvest
- A blue haze/frosting forming at the inner-end of the leaves during mid-growth
The way to identify persian whites (and hybrids);
- A white frosting/haze over the entire plants foliage/leaves, stalks, pods, etc.
- When lanced, secretes a light pink (muave) colored latex that then dries into a dark-maroon material.
For sheer quantity of latex, gigs are the way to go. If you grow them right, you should be getting over 30 pods per plant over its lifetime. Potency wise, its virtually impossible to tell the difference between the ones swim grew, opiums so weak as is its very hard to guage any potency differences.