Papaver In the past we have described Ziar as a “twin” to Elka. This year in the field, we noticed they have become more identical than fraternal. Poppies readily self-seed and cross with one another. Ziar is now a mix of majority white-lavender blossoms, like Elka, and a few dark pink blossoms, like the original Ziar. It is still ventless with blue seeds. We will begin selecting to bring Ziar back to its distinctly darker petals. Annual. 1996 Fedco introduction.Especially attractive to pollinators.①
5351 Ziar Breadseed - Organic
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Annual. Sensuous luxurious flowers, about 2½–3' tall. Poppies make wondrous cutflowers: choose buds that have straightened up but not quite opened. Immediately sear the cut stem with a flame and put in water. Poppies open after several hours—an austere bouquet in the evening can become a riot of colors the next morning.
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. ~1,400 to 4,500 seeds/g.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.