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PlantFiles: Peony Poppy, Opium Poppy, Paeony Flowered Poppy
Papaver somniferum var. paeoniiflorum

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: somniferum var. paeoniiflorum

Synonym:Papaver paeoniflorum
Synonym:Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum

33 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 11, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I've grown peony poppies in my gardens for the last four years, and I've never been disappointed by the results. I've grown white, black, rose, pink, red, and Flemish Antique. The beautiful foliage is attractive long before the flowers bloom, and the seed pods have interest as well.

Neutral Baa On Jun 29, 2002, Baa wrote:

Fully double, frilly petalled variety of Papaver somniferum.

Ours came with the garden and have continued to give us a yearly show of scarlet double flowers for some years. No other P somniferum is grown in the garden to ensure a good percentage of fully doubled flowers and all the single flowers are weeded out to ensure their succession. We have at least 90% of the seedlings appear as doubles.

This year (2002) however has seen a new colour for us in the garden, a light purple double appeared in the border.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchor Point, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Bellflower, California
Fremont, California
Merced, California
Santa Maria, California
Seminole, Florida
Washington, Illinois
Noblesville, Indiana
North Manchester, Indiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Litchfield, Michigan
Greenwich, Ohio
Dallas, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Cleburne, Texas
Seadrift, Texas
Provo, Utah
Chewelah, Washington
Colville, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Marinette, Wisconsin
Pulaski, Wisconsin

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