Papaver somniferum ‘Black Swan’ | ‘Opium Poppy’ | Seeds
Papaver somniferum ‘Black Swan’ is an excellent and hardy ‘Opium Poppy’ variety, known for its distinctive and showy flowers. Growing up to a metre or so in height, this variety is summer-blooming, when it produces beautiful, large burgundy-red-purple-black flowers, followed by seed heads full of tasty and nutritious poppy seeds.
A flowering annual which is easily cultivated from seed, somniferum grows in full and sheltered sun, in clay, chalk, loam or sand (either acid, alkaline or neutral). Just make sure that you’re somewhere in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11, allow adequate drainage and you’ll soon have your very own – wildly colourful – poppy patch!
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