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Papaver somniferum 'Hens and Chickens'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Hens and Chickens is a unique poppy with unusual seed pods. Tiny small pods form around the base of the larger mother pod. It's great for drying and adds an interesting touch to dried floral arrangements.


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

Sherwood, Arkansas
Colbert, Georgia
Bolingbrook, Illinois
Ewing, Kentucky
Prospect, Kentucky
Bangor, Michigan
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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