Indescribably elegant, Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum ‘Lilac Pompom’ is superb in the flower border, with lush frilled, dark pink-violet, often palm-sized blooms. Read blog post here!
Peony poppies send up thick flower stems that produce five to ten nodding flower heads. When the flowers do burst, overnight, from their casings, what a treat to enjoy some of the most dramatic flowers in the plant kingdom. As if this weren’t enough to tempt any gardener, once the petals drop, one is left with a spectacular, instantly recognisable seedpod.
Sown in early spring, the plants grow quickly and the first flowers appear in early July. They grow to about 60 to 90cm (24 to 36in) tall and have thick stalks and broad lettuce-like leaves.
Sowing Direct: Sow in spring or in autumn.Sow from the end of April through May, or sow in late August to September.
These poppies are annuals, but on a well-grown peony poppy, the blossom can be just as large as the perennial Oriental poppy, and they bloom later than their perennial cousins. And most people don’t seem to know that you can deadhead peony poppies to get rebloom. Follow the stem of the spent bloom down to the first set of leaves and cut the stem just above those leaves.
Cut Flowers: After cutting each poppy to its desired length, use a lighter (I’ve also been known to use a burner on my gas stove for mass searing sessions) to burn the end of each stem until it turns black. Cut poppies will secrete a milky sap that keeps water from getting to the flower. Searing the end of each stem will keep the sap from escaping and allow the poppy to drink water. It may seem like an annoying step (because it is) but it will keep your poppies looking fresh and perky–and will allow buds to open into new vibrant blooms. The pods are also beautiful for flower arrangements, dried floral projects.
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