Peony Poppy 'Antique Shades'
1,000 seeds $2.50
Poppy 'Antique Shades' is a mixture of double poppies with rose-red, pink, white or purple flowers that blend into a creamy white base, giving them an antiqued look. These heirloom poppies have been grown in gardens for centuries. A good choice for the cottage garden.
Papaver paeoniflorum 'Antique Shades' is easy to grow. It blooms in midsummer from an early spring sowing, and it self sows on bare soil. Also known as Breadseed Poppy and Lettuce Leaf Poppy.
Poppy (Papaver) Seeds
Poppy is an annual with large single or double flowers on tall stems in a wide range of colors. Poppies are easy to grow from seed.
Sowing Poppy Seeds
Sow poppy seeds outdoors in early spring, or fall in mild winter areas. Sow on the surface. For good coverage, mix the seeds with sand before sowing. Full sun.
Poppy 'Black Peony'
1,000 seeds $2.50
photo by Cheryl Netter
Black Peony poppy has fully double flowers with maroon-black petals. The flowers are followed by ornamental seed pods, which are nice in dried flower arrangements. This stunning heirloom flower is perfect for the cottage garden. Papaver paeoniflorum 'Black Peony' is a self-sowing annual. It is easy to grow. The seeds should be sown in the cool weather of early spring.
Also known as Papaver somniferum 'Black Paeony'.
Poppy 'Black Swan'
450 seeds $2.50
Black Swan poppy has frilly, finely cut petals in a gorgeous shade of deep burgundy. The flowers appear to be almost black. Poppy 'Black Swan' makes a beautiful addition to the heirloom flower garden. It looks especially nice with pink or white flowers. It blooms in midsummer from an early spring sowing.
Also known as Papaver laciniatum 'Black Swan'.
Poppy 'Danish Flag'
650 seeds $2.50
Danish Flag poppy is an heirloom flower with frilly scarlet-red petals with a white blotch in the center. The flowers resemble the national flag of Denmark, which has a white cross on a scarlet background.
Poppy 'Danish Flag' is unique by itself and stunning in mass plantings. It has been in cultivation since the nineteenth century. It reseeds where it's happy.
Also known as Papaver laciniatum 'Danish Flag' or 'Danebrog'. Common names include Feathered Poppy and Fringed Poppy. Deer resistant.
Poppy 'Drama Queen'
750 seeds $3.50
Drama Queen poppy has frilly, red petals with a purple-black center. This dramatic flower really stands out in the garden.
Poppy 'Drama Queen' is a rare variety. It's one of the most interesting poppies that I have personally grown.
Papaver somniferum is also known as Breadseed Poppy because the edible seeds are used in baking. It self sows where it's happy. Easy to grow.
Poppy 'Lauren's Grape'
650 seeds $2.50
Lauren's Grape poppy blooms in a delicious shade of plum purple with dark purple blotches. It makes a wonderful addition to the cottage garden.
I wish there were more flowers in the world with the vivid coloring of Poppy 'Lauren's Grape'. It's one of those "I can't stop staring at it" flowers.
Papaver somniferum 'Lauren's Grape' was selected and developed by Colorado garden writer Lauren Springer.
Lavender Peony Poppy
1,000 seeds $2.25
This gorgeous lavender peony poppy is perfect for the cottage garden. I obtained the seeds from an elderly friend who grew it for many years. The flowers are semi-double to double, blooming in a clear shade of light lavender with dark purple blotches at the base.
Papaver paeoniflorum Lavender is easy to grow. It blooms in midsummer from an early spring sowing. It reseeds on bare soil. The flowers attract bees, which makes it a useful companion plant in the vegetable garden. Deer resistant.
Papaver rhoeas is a June-blooming, annual poppy. This is my own special mix of varieties I've collected over many years. It includes single and double flowers in shades of pink, salmon, red, orange, white and mauve. Many of the blooms are bicolored or picoteed.
Every year, I pull up any plants that bloom with single, scarlet-red flowers. If these are not removed to prevent cross-pollination, eventually they will take over the mix, and most of the double blooms in other colors will die out. There will always be a few plants each year that revert to the single red, which is the earliest one to bloom. The more intricate varieties bloom later.
Papaver rhoeas is easy to grow. It self sows nicely in my zone 5 garden. Also known as Shirley Poppy. Deer resistant.
Shirley Poppy 'Diane's Mix' (Papaver rhoeas)
4,000 seeds $2.25
Peony Poppy Mix
2500 seeds $2.25
Peony Poppy Mix has large, double flowers that resemble peonies. It blooms in shades of red, pink, purple and white. The blue-green seed pods can be used in dried flower arrangements.
Papaver paeoniflorum grows best in the cool weather of spring. Sow outdoors several weeks before the last frost date. Sow in the fall in mild winter areas. It reseeds where it's happy. Easy to grow. Deer resistant.