Bread seed poppy has crepe-like petals that add a magical touch to the late spring garden. The seeds are a baker's delight in breads, cakes, muffins, and bagels. You can also use the large seedpods for dried floral arrangements and crafts. Bees love this easy-to-grow, self-sowing annual.
Botanical Name: Papaver somniferum
Native: Africa, Eurasia
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall, 8″–10″ wide
Variety Information: 2″ lavender flowers. Pods contain periwinkle blue seeds at maturity.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Spring
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, as soon as soil can be worked, or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Scatter and rake in lightly
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″–10″