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Peony Poppy, Opium Poppy, Peony Flowered Poppy
Papaver somniferum 'Black Paeony'

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: somniferum (som-NEE-fer-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Paeony
Additional cultivar information:(Paeoniiflorum Group; aka Black Cloud, Black Peony)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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:

Seward, Alaska

Braselton, Georgia

Prospect, Kentucky

Mason, Michigan

Blue Springs, Missouri

Greenwich, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Austin, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 12, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew 3 of these last year- bought as plants. They came back this yr. from the roots. Had 2 very tiny plants and 1 a bit larger. They did not re-seed and make more..... :(

I transplanted them and they promptly died on me. Be warned that they apparently don't transplant well.

Positive

On Jul 27, 2003, TamTam from Blue Springs, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Beautiful poppies, and the seeds are so fun to collect!! When the top of the pod "opens" you just tip it over and they fall out. :)