POPPY 'LAUREN'S GRAPE', OPIUM POPPY Papaver somniferum
A recent variety of Opium Poppy has big single flowers in attractive plum-purple colours which open in succession from June to August. Grow in drifts for colour impact and use the dried seed heads in autumn flower arrangements.
Type: Annual, blooms first year from seed
Height: 1.2m, 47"
Location: Sun or part shade
Note: This plant species is known to have toxicity. Ingestion of these seeds or this plant can cause illness such as vomiting or diarrhea.
Seeds per pack: 10
Germination: Ideally, these seeds are planted outdoors in very early spring (while temperatures are still cool out), in the location that they are to be grown. If you live in a warm climate, these seeds can be started in the fall or winter, cool temperatures are the key. Lightly rake the soil until it is broken-up and 'fluffy', and then scatter the seeds on the soil. Water the seeds in, but do not try to bury them, or they will likely be too deep. Be sure that the soil is consistently moist while they germinate and while they are tiny. The seeds will wait for 'warming' temperatures before they germinate, though the cold temperatures beforehand is imperative before they grow.