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Papaver somniferum

Opium poppy

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Papaver somniferum

Plant details

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.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Papaver

Species: somniferum

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: July to August


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