Opium Poppy, Bread Seed Poppy, Lettuce Leaf Poppy
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

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

Sherwood, Arkansas

Colbert, Georgia

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Ewing, Kentucky

Prospect, Kentucky

Bangor, Michigan

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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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.