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botanical name:
Papaver somniferum 'Black Peony'
Papaver somniferum 'Black Peony' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Opium Poppy
synonyms:  Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'
family:  Papaveraceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: maroon
fruit colour: blue-green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Very dark purple-maroon, large double flowers. Upright annual with silvery blue-green, deeply divided foliage. Large blue-green seed heads follow after flowering.


cultivation:
Prefers a hot sunny open site and free drained soil, but will grow in most locations and soils.

propagation:
From seed sown in-situ where they are to flower, in spring, early summer or autumn, just lightly covered with fine soil. Germination usually takes approximately 21 days (or seed overwinters from autumn sowings). Thin seedlings if necessary.

usage:
Borders and cottage gardens.

other notes:
May be the same or very similar to Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'

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