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  • opium poppy
  • Eventual height: 1m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Papaver somniferum 'Blackcurrant Fizz'

opium poppy

Pot size approx 200 seeds
approx 200 seeds

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: hardy annual

    An easy to grow annual that produces a wonderful display when its distinctive, deep burgundy flowers appear throughout summer. The flowers shredded appearance will add textural interest to the border, while their brooding colour adds depth and warmth. Plant them in generous swathes and mix them with rich purple, orange and gold.

  • 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

  • Approximate quantity: 200 seeds

  • Harmful if eaten

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