Jazz up your front walkway border with the ruffled explosion of color from peony poppies! These fully double, 3"-5", colorful flowers with soft, blue-green foliage will reward you with a bounty of blooms that pollinators love. The seed pods are quite interesting in dried flower arrangements.
• Botanical Name: Papaver somniferum
• Family: Papaveraceae
• Native: Mediterranean region
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 12" wide
• Variety Information: 3"–5" ruffled, double blooms range from red, red striped, pink, pale rose, salmon, cream, and white to dark purple.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Late spring
• Attributes: 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. Mild Climates: Only fall sowing is recommended.
• 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"