hello, poppy

The first poppy opened this morning, Papaver setigerum. (Not that I was hovering nearby, waiting for the event or anything.)


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Of all the annual poppies I’ve grown, including the many varieties of the — shhh, ixnay — “opium” poppy, aka “lettuce leaf” or “breadseed” poppies, Papaver somniferum, this little species poppy is my favorite. I prefer its simple single flower to the heavy-petaled varieties. It doesn’t grow a massive amount of leaves either that might smother nearby summer growers, so it fits in the spring garden nicely. About 2 to 3 feet tall, including blooms. Brimming with the typical poppy joie de vivre. There’s probably 20 or so of these self-sown throughout the garden, just budding up. (Not that I counted plants or anything.)

7 thoughts on “hello, poppy

  1. I love these . I used to have poppies allover the place but soil disturbance and renovations have laid them low. I put in Laurens Grape this year, so I will expect plenty next year.

  2. Scott and anyone else interested — I found some poppy seeds I saved from last year. I think they’re this poppy, P. setigerum, but there’s a small chance they are Papaver rupifragum, which is an orange-flowered perennial poppy that should flower its first year, so you’ll know right away. If interested in taking a chance, shoot me an email at agrowingobsession@gmail.com. Can’t believe I didn’t label them!

  3. Not a single seedling did I get this year, but the Ranunculus are a very satisfactory substitute. For some reason, they remind me of poppies.

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