Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group

poppy ( syn. Fairy Wings )

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Buy Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group poppy ( syn. Fairy Wings ): Antique shades for a wildflower garden

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: hardy annual

    An array of pink, white and lilac shades, which all have metallic-blue undertones, the flowers of this field poppy appear like luminous butterflies on top of the slender, hairy stems. Long after the last petal has fluttered away on the breeze, the seed-heads will continue to add a decorative touch to the border.

  • 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: 1000 seeds.

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Beautiful pastel coloured gentle flower


Good germination although I was late sowing these poppies. Their size was shorter than the 80cm listed on the website but then again I sowed late. I let the flowers self seed so here's hoping for a 2020 return. A hit with pollinators of all sizes, including bumble bees that would land on the flower and then find the petals fold down underneath their bumbling weighty bodies. Fun to watch!

Auntie Maureen



A beautiful poppy


This poppy has gossamer thin petals in delicate shades of pale pink, crimson and grey, often with a metallic sheen. Each flower is different and they will flower over a very long period. I use them in the border. You are not supposed to transplant poppies, but I raise them in modules each March and plant them out when still small and they do fine. Crocus seem to be the only people who sell Fairy Wings. I hope they carry on because Fairy Wings are vital to my summer planting and are always commented on.





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