Papaver somniferum ‘British Pharm #1’ | ‘Opium Poppy’ | ~100 seeds
‘British Pharm #1’ (also known as ‘Pure*’) is a an extremely fast growing and rare variety of Papaver somniferum – more often known as the ‘Opium Poppy’. Originating from a pharmaceutical site in England, the type tends toward fast germination and forms single-flowered, one to one-and-a-half metre high plants. This medium to tall strain possesses neatly serrated leaves and produces large, smooth egg-shaped seed pods with a pearl-like surface sheen.
A flowering annual of the Papaveraceae which comes in many sought-after varieties, somniferum is very easily grown from seed in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11. Useful as a source of nutritious seeds for food and raw materials for essential medicines, these plants are also a common feature of many ornamental flower gardens around the globe, yielding fabulously colourful flowers which wave gently in the breeze…
There aren’t many species easier to grow than poppies, and this one grows with full and sheltered sun and in well-drained, clay, chalk, loam or sand – whether acid, alkaline or neutral.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018