Breadseed Poppy Lilac Peony
Breadseed Poppy ‘Lilac Peony’
These fluffy blooms remind us of a feather boa. A pouf of shaggy, featherlike petals, in pale, silvery lavender with grape streaking, sit atop a striking saucer of single petals. As flowers fade, they reveal glaucous green seedpods that add textural interest, both fresh and dried.
Plant type: annual
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 80-90 days
Plant spacing: 9”
Pinch: not necessary
Approx seeds per packet: 200
How to Grow:
Breadseed poppies resent transplanting and do best when direct sown. Plant directly into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. Slugs love them, so keep an eye out.
The flowers of this variety of poppy aren’t particularly long-lasting. Cut flowers last just 2-3 days in the vase if you’re lucky. Harvest when flowers are half open, and sear the bottom end in boiling water for 7-10 seconds. Seedpods can be dried and used indefinitely.
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