John McCrae, a Canadian physician and soldier who served in World War I, immortalized the Flanders poppy, also known as corn poppy. His poem, "In Flanders Fields" spoke of these red poppies as reminders of those who had lost their lives in war. Scatter them in early spring or fall for your own personal memorial, or simply enjoy them for their glorious beauty.
• Botanical Name: Papaver rhoeas
• Family: Papaveraceae
• Native: Europe, Asia, and Africa
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 12"–14" tall and wide
• Variety Information: 2"–3" vibrant red blooms sometimes with black markings in the center.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Spring and 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 fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Fall sowing recommended.
• 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 1"–2" tall, thin to 1 every 9"