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Papaver somniferum 'Bombast Rose'

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: somniferum (som-NEE-fer-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Bombast Rose

Synonym:Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum
Synonym:Papaver paeoniflorum

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LanfrancoLeo On Aug 29, 2013, LanfrancoLeo from Harrisburg, PA wrote:

I have mixed feeling for this plant although I will definitively replant next year. The leaf are not esthetic at all, but the bloom greatly compensate. Each plant if fertilized well and if have enough space will bloom several time with several huge bloom. each bloom last less than two days. The end of the season is signed with a non so pretty dry plant, but if you are not interested to collect seed , you can cut off the plant after the last bloom. The picture speak for itself, easy to grow, remember sandy soil is the secret!!


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

Seward, Alaska
Queen Creek, Arizona
, British Columbia
Chowchilla, California
Oakland, California
Dexter, Michigan
Himrod, New York
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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