Papaver somniferum ‘Paeony Scarlet’ | ‘Opium Poppy’ | ~100 seeds
Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum ‘Paeony Scarlet’ is another fabulously frilly, double-flowered ‘Opium Poppy’ variety – this time possessing big, scarlet-red flowers, sitting atop blue-grey-green foliage.
Useful for its tasty and healthy seeds, as well as being an amazingly attractive ornamental plant, this poppy variety grows to a maximum of roughly 1.2 metres and flowers from spring to late summer – retaining its petals for noticeably longer than most of the single-flowered Papaver somniferum varieties.
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, sow thinly and allow adequate drainage and you’ll be golden – these plants are incredibly easy to grow, whatever your ability and experience!
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