An heirloom from the 1880s, Shirley poppies have delicate, 2″–3″ blossoms on slender, nodding stems that sway even in the slightest breeze. A care-free annual, the plants self-sow making them ideal for naturalized areas.
Botanical Name: Papaver rhoeas
Native: Europe, Africa, Asia
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall and wide
Variety Information: 2″–3″ tissue paper-like petals in rose, white, pink, and red shades.
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Spring and summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or as soon as soil can be worked; or fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Only fall sowing recommended.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; does not transplant well.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6″-8″
Thinning: When 1″–2″ tall, thin to 1 every 6″–8″