Papaver somniferum 'Candy Floss'

Papaver somniferum 'Candy Floss' is one of my favourite recent discoveries, an opium poppy bred as a cut flower so this one holds on to its petals even in the vase. For the poppy lover like me this is an unmissable plant. More
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Papaver somniferum 'Candy Floss' is one of my favourite recent discoveries, an opium poppy bred as a cut flower so this one holds on to its petals even in the vase. For the poppy lover like me this is an unmissable plant.

Opium poppies are a wonderful garden flower which pops up of its own volition, from one year to the next. Beautiful in flower and the seedpods are fantastic for arranging – we use them fresh, dried and sprayed silver at Christmas – an all round unmissable posse of plants.

Please note: This is harmful if eaten.

Genus Papaver somniferum
Group/Species somniferum
Variety Candy Floss
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Opium Poppy
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
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 They do not like transplanting so sow in situ. Protect from slugs and snails.
Flowering Late May - August, 12 weeks from a spring sowing
Vase Life 5 days. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.
Harvesting Flower production and seed pods: 3 months.
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 'Candy Floss' reviews

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Reviewed 22nd August 2019 by Carolien

Probably due to the April sowing and hot and dry weather, the papaver didn't do as well as I hoped, Not all were Candy Floss, some dark single flower plants appeared. But I love the flowers and in a different year they will probably do better.

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Reviewed 20th August 2019 by Tineke

Never imagined poppies to grow that size - stunning. I didn't use them for cutting, though, as they are so huge.

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Reviewed 12th August 2019 by Margaret

See previous note on other pack of poppyseed

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Annabel

Very, very disappointing. These were sown twice, four weeks apart in different places. Not one single one germinated. I was looking forward to them, and this is on an allotnebt where there is no running water so I really resent the effort I made to keep these seeds happy.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Katie

Followed planting instructions. Nothing grew at all.