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Papaver somniferum 'Flemish Antique'

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: somniferum (som-NEE-fer-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Flemish Antique
Additional cultivar information: (aka Flemish Antique Shades)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive zone5girl On Jun 28, 2007, zone5girl from Painesville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This flower is so gorgeous, it will always have a place in my garden!

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 8, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I first grew the Flemish Antiques when a friend sent me some seed from Washington. I've grown them every year from seeds I've collected, and they always come back true.


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

Bellflower, California
Richmond, California
Salinas, California
Painesville, Ohio

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