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The opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, is an attractive plant with hairy, blue-green foliage from which blowsy, extravagent blooms emerge in summer. The flowers can be single or double, in a rich variety of colours purple, mauve, white and red. Individual flowers do not last long, but others follow, each producing a large seed-head, which is very attractive in its own right. Given the right conditions it will self-seed profusely.
Grow Papaver somniferum in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Flowering period: July to August
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