Papaver rhoeas 'Bridal Silk'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: hardy annual
The crumpled petals of this sublime poppy are mainly white, but sometimes have a faint pink blush. They top the slender wiry stems that rise above the rosettes of foliage from early summer forming bowl-shaped blooms, which flutter like butterflies in the breeze. At their best when planted in big drifts, they also make wonderful, if somewhat short-lived cut flowers.
- Garden care:They tend to resent root disturbance, so sow shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring and water well. As the seedlings develop, thin them out to 30cm intervals keeping just the healthiest and most robust plants. When watering, give the plants a really thorough soak when the soil gets dry, rather than a little water every day. Dead-heading will prolong the flowering period, but at the end of the season you should let some seed heads to develop for next years crop.
- Sow: March-May
- Flowering: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 500 seeds.