Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum'
In this mix
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Hardy Annual
- Border (Middle)
- Broad Tolerance
- Late May - August, 10-12 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.
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.
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.