Papaver somniferum ‘White Cloud’ | ‘Opium Poppy’ | ~100 seeds
Also known as the ‘Peony White Cloud’ and ‘Peony Poppy’, Papaver somniferum ‘White Cloud’ is a truly incredible variety of the notorious ‘Opium Poppy’! Notable as one of the so-called ‘Peony’ poppies, ‘White Cloud’ grows up to roughly one-metre-tall, producing marvellous, double-flowered white blooms and a vast quantity of nutritious and tasty seed.
Besides being used as ornamental plants and for their seeds, Papaver somniferum provides an essential source of raw ingredients for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as for the useful edible oil which comprises a high proportion (44-50%) of its seeds. This oil is increasingly popular as an alternative source of fuel and as an ingredient in crafts such as paint and soap making too.
A member of the family Papaveraceae, somniferum is extremely easy to grow from seed in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11. In fact, there aren’t that many species which are easier to grow than poppies – this one just requires full to sheltered sun and a well-drained, acid to alkaline soil (clay, chalk, loam or sand). What are you waiting for? Get growing!
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