Organic Papaver somniferum – Poppy ‘Black Peony’

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Papaver ‘Black Paeony’ produces beautiful black purple double flowers and amazing seed pods that can be dried. It is a sturdy plant with grey-green foliage.

Papaver somniferum, also known as the opium poppy or breadseed poppy, is a captivating flowering plant with a rich history and diverse uses. Originating from Western Asia, it has been cultivated for centuries for its stunning blooms.

In gardens, Papaver somniferum is highly valued for its exquisite, delicate flowers, typically in a shade of lilac. These blooms are large and eye-catching, serving as a focal point in any landscape or floral arrangement. Moreover, the ornamental seed pods produced by Papaver somniferum add visual interest to the plant even after the flowers have faded.

Cultivating Papaver somniferum is relatively straightforward, making it a popular choice among gardeners, both novice and experienced alike.

To grow Papaver somniferum successfully, choose a sunny area in your garden with well-draining, moderately fertile soil. Plant seeds directly in early spring or late autumn, ensuring consistent soil moisture until they germinate. Space seedlings approximately 10 to 12 inches apart to prevent overcrowding. While watering regularly, avoid saturating the soil to prevent root rot. To maintain plant health, remove spent flowers and weeds. For seed collection, allow pods to dry on the plant until they turn brown and the seeds rattle inside. Harvest pods, then further dry indoors before extracting seeds.

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