Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum'

Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum' has petals in a plum purple, excellent on it's own or in a mix of colours. Comes true from self-sown seed. More
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Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum'

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Papaver somniferum 'Dark Plum' has 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.

Genus Papaver somniferum
Variety Dark Plum
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Opium Poppy
Border Position Back, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Sandy, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained, Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing Plant 30cm (12in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow thinly just below the surface March-May and/or late August-September. Dislikes root disturbance. For best results direct sow.
Care Tips Protect from slugs and snails. They will self-sow.
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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