Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’/’Danebrog’
Named after the flag from which its colors represent, this poppy variety prefers a cooler climate and grows best in loose, well drained soil, so should be planted out only when extreme heat or extreme cold is not anticipated. The seeds themselves can be sown in the fall or early spring as soon as the last winter snow recedes. One can even scatter them at the edge of melting snow. Freezing seeds for 48 hours before sowing can increase the germination percentage.
Danish Flag Poppies will produce large 6″ silken flowers with delicate petals that shimmer in the sun. The vivid red coloring on the outer edges of the petals contrasts nicely against the white cross in the center.
Poppies are known to attract a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs, and even hummingbirds.
Full sun to partial shade.
Height: 3-4 ft
Zones: All zones