Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy, Lettuce Leaf Poppy
Papaver somniferum 'Igor'

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

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

Regional

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

Belfield, North Dakota

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 23, 2004, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

I love this poppy. It's beautiful. I've grown it for two years now, and have just let it reseed at will. This year, however, I deadheaded most of them and only let a few go to seed so I could collect the seeds and plant them where I wanted them to be. There was getting to be too many of them growing all over.

Positive

On Nov 12, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Igor' is a dark cranberry-red poppy with a dark center and yellow stamens. Blooms are a little smaller than some varieties but they're a striking color in the garden.