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Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'

Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty' is an incredibly glamorous poppy with sumptuous, double, black peony flowers, lovely silvery leaves and fantastic architectural seed pods.
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150 seeds

5 seedlings (511168-5)

10 seedlings (511168-10)

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Details:

Type
Hardy Annual
Position
Border (Middle)
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
Late May - August, 10 weeks from a spring sowing
Height
90cm (36in)
Group/Species
somniferum
Common name
Opium Poppy
Moisture
Well-drained
Size
150 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
30cm (12in)
Cultivation
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.

Description

An incredibly glamorous poppy with sumptuous, double, black peony flowers, lovely silvery leaves and fantastic architectural seedpods.

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 and of course the seeds are delicious in baking and toasted for salads – an all round unmissable posse of plants.

Please note: This is harmful if eaten.

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.