General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 3 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Pink
Red
Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Birds
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Squirrels
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Self seeds
Pollinators: Self
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Opium Poppy
  • Breadseed Poppy
  • Peony-Flowered Poppy
  • Feathered Poppy
  • Poppy
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Papaver somniferum
  • Synonym: Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum
  • Synonym: Papaver somniferum subsp. setigerum
  • Synonym: Papaver paeoniflorum
Also sold as:
  • Papaver paeoniiflorum

Photo Gallery

Date: 2009-06-26
Location: my garden
Date: 2010-04-11
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2015-04-13
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2009-05-21
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2019-06-29
- A tangle of stamens for the Bee to circumnavigate. #pollination
Location: My garden, KY
Date: 2022-05-18
Location: Richmond
Date: 2015-06-13
Papaver somniferum (var. paeoniflorum)
Location: Mentor on the Lake, Ohio
Date: 2018-06-25
Winter sown
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2016-07-10
 - Intricate inner petals.
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2015-06-24
 - The fuzzy, fluffy look.
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-04-10
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2017-06-14
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-04-27
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-05-06
Underside of the bloom
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2016-09-20
 4:02 pm. A colour to cherish.
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2012-0702

Date: 2016-04-30
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2017-06-25
This poppy is called Feathered Scarlet.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-04-22
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2016-06-25
Location: In Lethy's garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2021-05-17

credit: Alves Gaspar
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2016-06-21
Opium Poppy - Pure and Simple.
Location: roberta ga
Date: 5-3-2018
mixed colours
Location: IL
Date: 2016-06-27
Location: Vladivostok, Primorsky Kraj, Russia
Date: 2006-08-03
Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum)
Location: My garden Bullard Texas
Date: 2018-04-06
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-08-14
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-13
Location: In Lethy's garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2021-05-17
Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth'
Photo by LindaTX8
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2012-0619
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2012-0610
Location: Warren, Vermont
Date: 2016-07-26
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar BC
Date: 2015-06-20
 10:33 am. So many variations in this kind of poppy.
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar BC
Date: 2015-06-20
 10:33 am. I love the gentle colour of this one.
Location: At a nursery
Date: Jun 9, 2009 11:24 AM
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-06-08
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2014-06-09
Location: in a neighbor's garden
Date: 05-14-2020
Location: Sun zone 6
Date: 2010-07-04
Self sowing and very prolific. I just weded out when too crowded.

Date: 2016-05-04
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-04-26
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: Mid Summer
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: In Lethy's garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2021-05-17
Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth'
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: Mid Summer
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: garden of botanist Robert R. Kowal in Madison, Wisconsin
Date: June 25, 2012
photo by James Steakley
Location: In Zuzu's garden
Date: 2012-05-12
Location: Arvada, Colorado zone 5
Date: juky 2009
Photo by DomehomeDee
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2014-07-15
The inner core.
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2015-0618
Location: South Carolina 
Date: May
Location: South Carolina 
Date: May
Location: IL
Date: 2011-06-27
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2017-06-18
Various colors and forms.
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-08-15
Photo by jmorth

Date: 2013-06-30
Scarlet Fringe
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-02
Location: In Lethy's garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2021-05-17

 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2012-0619
Growing with Japanese irises and astilbe
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2012-0609
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-06-13
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2013-07-28
Location: IL
Date: 2011-06-27
Location: IL
Date: 2008-06-24
Location: IL
Date: 2012-06-23
Location: in a neighbor's garden
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2020-07-01
Pink Breadseed poppy, Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum)
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-05-07
Location: Northeastern Indiana  - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-04-03
Wintersown seedlings.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-06-05
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 3-18-2021
Winter Sown poppies germinating, 2021
Photo by piksihk
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2014-0616
First poppy flower of the year opened. Allium azureum in the fore
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-11-02
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-08-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-05-15
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-28
Semi-double form
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-05-18
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2007
poppies blowing in the wind
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2009-06-13
Location: Old pine stump garden
Date: 2015-10-23
Garden view.
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-03-30
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-02-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-05-15
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2009-08-25
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2009-08-25
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 3-16-12
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-05-06
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-10-05

credit: Alves Gaspar

credit: Alves Gaspar
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-06-20
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-24
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-06-24
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 2015-06-20
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Comments:
  • Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on May 17, 2021 5:32 PM concerning plant:
    How to completely surprise yourself in your own garden:
    ... First, get old
    ... Then, Go out to the garden some fine fall day and sow some flower seeds
    ... Go back inside and wait until spring.
    ... Go out to the garden some fine spring day and stand in stupefied amazement as you gaze on flowers emerging from the earth that you absolutely KNOW you did not plant
    ... At this point you might say something like, "Good Lord!!!"... or possibly, "Where in the world did those come from?"... or you might be feeling your oats and be inclined to say, "Look what I have wrought!!!!"
    ... If you choose declaration number three I'll suggest you also read the poem 'Ozymandias' by Shelley.

    Any way you choose, however, there is no denying these Poppies make a striking statement.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 19, 2016 10:16 PM concerning plant:
    National flower of the Republic of Macedonia.
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On January 20, 2015 Obtained plant
From One Stop Poppy Shoppe
lovesblooms On March 18, 2016 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 7, 2016 Seeds sown
winter sown
piksihk On April 1, 2017 Bloomed
Self down seeds in veggie bed
Samlav On March 18, 2018 Seeds germinated
Winter sown January 10 in milk jug. Obtained seeds in seed swap purchase from Chiltern seeds. Seedlings have emerged.
MrsBinWY On January 28, 2019 Seeds germinated
activity in all 4 pots
MrsBinWY On January 19, 2019 Seeds sown
commercial seeds from poisondartfrog, 4 pots w/6 seeds each in cold sun room
dnrevel On March 15, 2021 Seeds germinated
See photo. Germinated in March!
dnrevel On January 13, 2021 Seeds sown
Winter Sown. Peony poppy, double blend from Botanical Interests.
pinetastic On June 10, 2023 Seeds sown
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