Papaver somniferum giganteum ‘White & Pink’
Poppy somniferum gigantium, also called ‘Breadseed poppy’, is the poppy variety most often cultivated for culinary use and baking. The somniferum poppy is also prized for the amount of seed produced by individual seed pods. Poppies prefers a cooler climate and grow 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.)
This stunning white & pink petaled, long-stemmed poppy grows to 3- 4 ft in height and produces 4- 6 giant flower heads per plant. Giganteum pods are the largest on the planet, reaching up to 6 inches across and begin blooming early to mid summer. The flowers will attract a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs, and even hummingbirds.
When dried, the extra large seed pods are prized by florists for flower arrangements and other crafts – and these are the largest poppy pods of them all! (Folks regularly sell these to florists.) They are substantially larger than all other varieties.
Height: 3- 4 ft
Zones: All zones