Papaver somniferum 'Candy Floss'
- Hardy Annual
- Border (Middle)
- Broad Tolerance
- Late May - August, 12 weeks from a spring sowing
- 90cm (36in)
- Common name
- Opium Poppy
- Full Sun
- 30cm (12in)
- 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.
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 unmissable.
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.
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.