Poppy

Papaver somniferum (paeoniiflorum group) 'Black Paeony'

Poppy - Papaver somniferum (paeoniiflorum group)  'Black Paeony'

Common Name: Poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: somniferum (paeoniiflorum group)
Cultivar: 'Black Paeony'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained


Fantastically large flowerheads are packed with dark plum (almost black) crumpled petals which give the flower a frilly effect. These magnificent blooms sit on top of stout stems in summer and as the petals fall attractive seed heads remain which will add interest to the border for several months.

  • Garden care:They tend to resent root disturbance so sow shallowly directly into a well prepared bed in spring and water well. As the seedlings develop, thin them out to 30cm intervals, keeping just the healthiest and most robust plants. Protect the emerging seedlings from slugs and snails. The seedheads can be dried and added to winter arrangements.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Flowering: June-August



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