Poppy (Papaver rhoeas 'Shirley Poppy') in the Poppies Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self


Honey Bees in the Garden:  JuneHoney Bees in the Garden: June
By Mindy03 on June 1, 2011

June brings the end of school, Father's Day and summer. Summer brings hot weather and plants may need extra water. Honey bees will also need extra water to keep the hive cool.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Nov 21, 2011 1:26 AM

Quoted from Seedaholic.com website:
"Originally raised in the 1880's by the Rev. W. Wilks (1843-1923) in his garden in Shirley near Croydon in Surrey, this whole remarkable race comes from one solitary flower he spotted in a waste corner among a patch of the common scarlet Field Poppies which had a very narrow edge of white. Over the coming years he worked on the progeny of this one bloom by a process of selection and elimination to give us the Shirley Poppy we know today.
When later writing on the subject, he set out what might be said to be the specification for his Poppy.
He said...
"Let it be noticed that true Shirley Poppies...
(1) are single, (2) always have a white base with (3) yellow or white stamens, anthers and pollen, (4) never have the smallest particle of black about them.

Double Poppies and Poppies with black centres may be greatly admired by some, but they are not Shirley Poppies." "

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:04 PM

Valuable source of pollen for honey bees/

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