Papaver spp. Annual. Sensuous luxurious flowers, about 21/2–3' tall. We offer two heirloom breadseed varieties especially suitable for baking. Poppies make wondrous cutflowers: choose buds that have straightened up but not quite opened. Immediately sear the cut stem with a lighter and put in water. Poppies open after several hours—an austere bouquet in the evening can become a riot of colors by the next morn.
Culture: Need light to germinate. Sow outside in spring after frost or sow in fall for early blooms the following summer. Thin to 9–12". Like full sun. Will self sow. ~2,000 to 7,000 seeds/g.
Flowers are arranged here mostly by common name. Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom. What to plant next to what? A good old trick is to cut a flower and walk it around the garden, holding it close to other flowers to see which combinations are most compatible.