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Papaver somniferum 'Swansdown'

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

Synonym:Papaver laciniatum
Synonym:Papaver somniferum var. laciniatum

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MTVineman On Mar 12, 2011, MTVineman from Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this type of Papaver somniferum. It's such a beautiful white and really stands out in my garden. Mine reseed themselves every year and they are ever so easy to grow. Beautiful and highly recommended.

Positive Weezingreens On Jul 31, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Swansdown is a wonderful example of the power of white in the garden. The feathered petals truly remind me of swans down when view up close. This is a great addition to any garden.


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

Seward, Alaska
Prospect, Kentucky
Helena, Montana
Norman, Oklahoma
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

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