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Papaver somniferum

Common name bread poppy; opium poppy
Family papaveraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers various colors (summer)
Size 2'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed direct-sow where it is to grow, in early spring - does not like to be transplanted.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly July

Just about every year, my loot from seed trades and exchanges includes a few varieties of annual poppies. They don't always grow well for us, but we usually have at least one variety to delight us. This year, it's Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum 'Black peony', with dark burgundy, almost black, double flowers.

Papaver somniferum
bread poppy; opium poppy
Volunteer seedling, clearly peony-flowered, but not as dark
Papaver somniferum
A tall self-seeded stand

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Drama Queen' from HPS/MAG '14/'15 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (100%G, 3-5d)

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