Papaver somniferum ‘Izmir Turkish Giganteum’ | ‘Opium Poppy’ | ~100 seeds
‘Izmir Turkish Giganteum’ is a much-celebrated variety of the glorious Papaver somniferum – the ‘Opium Poppy’. This large-growing poppy type hails from the famous farms of Izmir, Turkey, where it is prized for its huge seed pods. These seed pods can grow to the size of an average tennis ball and produce a great deal of tasty and nutritious seed.
This really is an especially beautiful type of Papaver somniferum. Crowned with fantastically large, whitish-pink flowers (up to roughly fifteen centimetres wide), this Turkish Giganteum variety grows to between one and one-and-a-half metres in height!
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!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018