There is a local legend that renowned Colorado garden writer Lauren Springer sowed some poppy seeds from a bagel and discovered this unique variety. In reality, this experienced horticulturist spent years culling the seeds from the rich purple poppies growing in her garden, knowing gardeners would appreciate the superb beauty of this stunning variety.
• Botanical Name: Papaver somniferum
• Family: Papaveraceae
• Native: Africa, Eurasia
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
• Variety Information: 2" dark purple-violet flowers
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Late spring
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, as soon as soil can be worked, or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Fall sowing recommended. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 50°–65°F
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended. Roots are sensitive to disturbance.
• Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
• Seed Depth: Scatter and rake in lightly
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8"–10"