Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum'

With petals in a plum-purple, excellent on it's own or in a mix of colours. Comes true from self-sown seed. More
100 seeds 020089 £3.95

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With petals in a plum-purple, excellent on it's own or in a mix of colours. Comes true from self-sown seed.

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.

If you have ordered these seeds, we have had unforeseen delays and they will now be available early April. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Genus Papaver somniferum
Group/Species somniferum
Variety Dark Plum
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Opium Poppy
Border Position Border (Middle)
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Dislikes root disturbance so best sown direct. Scatter seeds through borders in spring or autumn. Easy to grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
Care Tips Pick or deadhead flowers regularly to encourage growth and to prolong flowering. Remove seed heads if you do not want it to self-seed. Caution: Harmful if eaten.
Flowering Late May - August, 10-12 weeks from a spring sowing
Vase Life 1-2 days, but worth it. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.
Harvesting Flower production: 8-10 weeks.
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 'Dark Plum' reviews

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Reviewed 12th August 2019 by Margaret

Service excellent but poor germination probably due to weather extremes. Both packs of poppy. Only 3 plants which died off v small.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Cynthia

Did not germinate but hope they might next year!