Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Paeony'
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- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: hardy annual
Fantastically large flowerheads are packed with dark plum (almost black), crumpled petals, which give the flower a frilly effect. These magnificent blooms sit on top of stout stems in summer and as the petals fall, attractive seed heads remain, which will add interest to the border for several months.
- 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. Protect the emerging seedlings from slugs and snails. The seedheads can be dried and added to winter arrangements.
- Sow: March-May
- Flowering: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 150 seeds.
- Harmful if eaten
Hardy annuals, such as clarkia, godetia and poppies, should be sown now either in prepared seedbed outside or in trays in a coldframe. If sowing in trays, sow thinly and prick out into pots filled with multi-purpose compost as soon as they are large enRead full article
If you are wanting to have a go at growing seeds then the easiest of all are the annuals because they are programmed to germinate, flower and set seed within one year - therefore they pop up easily because there’s no time to waste. Most will provide nectaRead full article