i think that they are called breadseed poppies
all kinds of poppyseeds will germinate easily, but as i recently foun
out, will not grow very big or very fast in zones 7 and above. i don
know if this helps
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I have grown poppies using store seeds. They are the usual opium poppy
foliage - the flowers were single, sort of a pinkish lavendar - pretty,
although not my favorite color in a poppy. In my opinion, the peony flowered
doubles - either in pink or red - are the best looking opium poppy
varieties. I think the shirley poppies, especially the ones with painted
rims, are generally more attractive, although the gray-green opium poppy
foliage is beautiful until after the flowers bloom - when it goes tan and
gets ugly pretty quickly.
Um, are these opium poppies legal to plant?
I planted them in an area where we removed a few trees and planted
four new fruit trees as a new orchard. Because the new trees are very
small, that area has a lot of unnused land. Icould not think of
anything easier than just spreading store poppy seeds on the ground
and raking it a bit. Hopefully, we could harvest some poppy seeds
later, if not, I would simply have wasted 50 grams of store bought
They are legal to plant as long as you're not planning to harvest the pods
for opium. However, it's too late in the year to plant them now. They, like
all other annual poppies, need to be started while the weather is still
cold - earliest spring in the north (like late February to late March) , and
fall in warmer zones. Some believe that frost helps to break the seed
coat - and in any case, the roots need to develop long before hot weather
I direct seeded at the end of April here (zone 7b) in a plot in full
sun, and had blooms well before season's end. I don't know how many
successful plant for the number of seeds sown, but quite a few. It may
be ideal to start them earlier in spring, or way earlier, in the
previous fall, but they seemed to do OK.
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