Black Swan' is too gorgeous to tuck away into a collage of other flowers, with its intricate, finely cut petals as dark as cabernet. Sow it along a path you frequent or in a large container where you can admire its richly colored 3"–5" semi-double blossoms on graceful, curved, swan-like necks, while bees savor the nectar. Harvest them for exquisite bouquets.
• Botanical Name: Papaver somniferum
• Family: Papaveraceae
• Native: Mediterranean region
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 9"–12" wide
• Variety Information: 3"–5" dark burgundy, semi-double flowers with finely cut petals
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or as soon as soil can be worked, or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended; does not transplant well.
• Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
• Seed Depth: Scatter and rake in lightly
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 6"