Papaver somniferum 'Black Single'

The wild mauve-purple single opium poppy is beautiful, but this is so much more so – crimson black with silvery-blue contrasting stems and leaves. More
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Papaver somniferum 'Black Single'

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The wild mauve-purple single opium poppy is beautiful, but this is so much more so – crimson black with silvery-blue contrasting stems and leaves.

Caution: Harmful if eaten.

Genus Papaver somniferum
Variety Black Single
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Opium Poppy
Border Position Back
Soil Type Chalky, Sandy, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1m (39in)
Spacing Plant 30cm (12in) apart.
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 June - August, 10 weeks from a spring sowing, followed by typical somniferum pepper-pot seed pods
Vase Life Flowers last 24 hours, seed pods indefinite – they dry well and are brilliant for arranging.
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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Absolutely stunning

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Reviewed 28th July 2016 by Dushan Stojadinovic

The flower as with all poppies doesn't last very long but it's truly worth sowing this as it's spectacular when it opens. You get a wonderful large architectural seed pod which follows the flowering so long lasting interest in the garden. Lovely!


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Reviewed 13th June 2015 by Lorraine Lowe

This is the first time I've grown poppies and I'll be growing them every year now. I sowed the seed in September and now have a glorious display of nearly black, fabulous poppies at the back of my border. Grown with Papaver 'Blackcurrant Fizz' alongside for a stunning combo!