Papaver somniferum

Opium Poppy


Price shown is exclusive of VAT and is calculated at checkout.



Large red or purple flowers followed by a decorative seed pod.


100 seeds per packet.

29 in stock

    Flower type:Filler
    Life cycle:Hardy Annual
    Climate:Plants thrive in cool winters, and can withstand frost.
    Sowing guide:Direct sow (recommended) in March to April once the soil temperature is cool enough.
    Planting Season:Autumn
    Germination guide:8-12 days @ 18-20 C. Cover seed with a thin dusting of sand or vermiculite.
    Good Bee Food:Yes
    Flowering time:November to December.
    Position:Full Sun
    Final height:90-120 cm

    Growing Tips:

    Water well once a week if you don't live in a winter rainfall area. Ensure excellent drainage, they are prone to root rot in their early stages.

    Harvesting Tips:

    Leave the flower to drop its petals to reveal decorative pods. Cut the flowers before the pods form in order to extend the bloom time in the garden. Pods dry very well - hang up to dry.

    Whether you are growing flowers or vegetables or both, growing your own plants from seed, is one of the most rewarding things for any gardener and you don’t even need a green thumb to do it. With our guidance, it couldn’t be easier!