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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.
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500 seeds

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Details:

Type
Hardy Annual
Position
Border (Middle)
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
June - August, 10 weeks from a spring sowing, followed by typical somniferum pepper-pot seed pods
Height
90cm (36in)
Group/Species
somniferum
Common name
Opium Poppy
Moisture
Well-drained
Size
500 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

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.

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.