The quintessential reseeding annual of northern climes is the poppy. Both
papaver rhoeas (shirley poppy, corn poppy), and papaver somniferum (opium
poppy) will reseed themselves for years in cool climates. If your climate is
cold enough, iceland poppy may reseed itself too. (Native to arctic
regions). Bachelor buttons, alyssum, california poppies, godetia, cosmos,
lavatera, and chinese forget me nots will all reseed themselves, although
not always in the spot you would have chosen for them. The trick is learning
to recognize the seedlings when young, and also not to be afraid to hoe
often, since these plants will reseed themselves too generously and it's
nice to give them a little breathing space. (The ones the hoe misses will be
I think this varies. They sometimes go a couple years as non-blooming
perennials, then do not return the next year after finally blooming,
unless they reseed, which they do quite easily. But some annual poppies do
seem to perennialize unpredictably & bloom year after year, & I think P.
somniferum may be one that can do so, though I'm not swearing to it. Mine
in the past have been annuals. This year I have only one opium poppy (a
black peony variety) -- it has been blooming a full month so far,
beginning to look scruffy finally -- & I'm saving the pods as I'm pretty
sure it won't come back next year, but I won't disrupt its specific
location in case it does want to return.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
I think you're thinking of oriental poppies, papaver orientale, which have
the big orange, salmon, or red flowers every year in late May, early June.
According to botanica, papaver somniferum is definitely an annual, albeit
fast growing and a reliable self-sower in the right climates.
You'd consider Texas bluebonnets to be weeds? Maxmillion sunflowers? Larkspur?
I mean, I see your point, but there are a lot of plants which are in cultivation
and can reseed and not be considered weeds.
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