Papaver somniferum 'Swansdown'

The opium poppy with snowball powder-puff blooms, followed by beautiful silvery seedpods from mid-summer. More
5 jumbo seedlings 190625-SP05 £7.95

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The opium poppy with snowball powder-puff blooms, followed by beautiful silvery seedpods from mid-summer.

Genus Papaver
Group/Species somniferum
Variety Swandown
Type Hardy Biennial (grown as a Hardy Annual)
Common Name Opium Poppy
Border Position Back, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Dry, Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow thinly just below the surface March-May and/or late August-September. Dislikes root disturbance. For best results direct sow.
Care Tips Protect from slugs and snails. They will self-sow.
Flowering May - August
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Papaver somniferum 'Swansdown' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Julia

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Malcolm

Excellent well grown specimens and also well packaged to avoid damages.
Very well informed on delivery dates.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Lene

They never flowered once.

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Ann

A complete star! One of my favourite plants - a showy voluptuous true white poppy.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Liz

The best top quality young plants, very well packaged, excellent service. Thank you

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Maureen

These were replacements for my initial order which arrived in a very poor state.
The replacements didn't thrive
And only two developed a flower.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Papaver and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018