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

Common names
  • Poppy

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  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Nov 21, 2011 1:26 AM concerning plant:
    Quoted from 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." "
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:04 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of pollen for honey bees/
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On March 12, 2015 Seeds sown
Planted in Little Girl garden.
dragonfetti On January 20, 2015 Obtained plant
From One Stop Poppy Shoppe
lovesblooms On May 11, 2015 Seeds sown
dnrevel On June 20, 2021 Transplanted
Transplanted late in front gardens. Good to see it will take some shade. New to me in 2021.
dnrevel On April 2, 2021 Seeds germinated
Sprouted in WS container.
dnrevel On January 3, 2021 Seeds sown
Winter sowed Jan 2, 2021, Seeds from DnD exchange.
Notes: Suitable for winter sowing Hardiness: Hardy Annual
Seed to Bloom: 14 weeks Best in drifts, plant when the spring weather is still cool, and frost is possible
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Shirley Poppy by PeggyC Aug 18, 2018 9:01 AM 7

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