'Mother of Pearl' Poppy Seeds

'Mother of Pearl' Poppy Seeds

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Easily grown from seed and extremely low maintenance
SKU 01703-PK-P1
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Key Characteristics
Mature Height

12 IN

Mature Width

8 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Bloom Size

0 IN



Description / 'Mother of Pearl' Poppy Seeds

Days to Maturity: 60 to 75

'Mother of Pearl' Poppy is a hardy annual offering summer interest, with ornamental seed pods extending the season of interest. The long-lived plants set delicate flowers with a black boss of stamens and crepe papery, tissue-like petals in misty shades of grey, lilac, mauve, pink, soft orange, and white, some picotee, some flecked. Borne singly on long, bristly stems, the showy, saucer-shaped flowers attract birds and bees to the garden and make lovely cut flowers if stems are singed before placing it in water.

'Mother of Pearl' Poppy is a Papaver rhoeas cultivar, a beloved old-fashioned variety also known as the common poppy, corn poppy, field poppy, or Flanders poppy. The plants have a clumping, spreading habit of pinnately lobed, cut or toothed, hairy leaves. 'Mother of Pearl' poppies are shown to best effect when grouped or massed in borders or beds or sown in drifts in non-native naturalized areas.

Easily grown from seed and extremely low maintenance, 'Mother of Pearl' poppies prefer full sun and organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil. They are intolerant of drought and overly wet, poorly drained soils. Growing best in cool summer climates, they do not perform well in high heat and humidity and may require some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Deadheading spent flowers keeps the poppies blooming. The flowers freely self-seed in suitable conditions, naturalizing and returning from year to year, performing more like a perennial than an annual. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Direct sow poppy seeds in spring or start seeds indoors and transplant after the threat of frost has passed. In warm climates, seeds can be sown in late fall for an early spring bloom.

If you plan to start your seeds indoors, be sure to check out our Bio Dome Seed Starter Kit. With the Bio Dome, you can control the temperature, light, and soil mix to ensure your seeds become strong for transplant.

Product Details

Genus Papaver
Species rhoeas
Variety 'Mother Of Pearl'
Product Classification Annuals, Seeds
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Season Start Mid Spring
Bloom Season End Mid Summer
Bloom Color Black, Lavender, Orange, Pink, Purple, White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Habit Upright
Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Direct Sow, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Season Extenders
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers

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Customer Reviews

very nice plant
Review by Irene
Reliably perennial, unusual flower and pretty foliage. Compact, lovely at front of bed.

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