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Papaver somniferum ‘Blue Moon’ (Opium Poppy)

Opium Poppy 'Blue Moon', Papaver 'Blue Moon', Breadseed Poppy 'Blue Moon'

Papaver somniferum 'Blue Moon',  Opium Poppy 'Blue Moon', White Poppy, White Flower, White Papaver, White Opium Poppy

Papaver somniferum ‘Blue Moon’ (Opium Poppy) is an upright annual boasting large, pale lavender to white flowers adorned with blue-purple center brushstrokes at the base of their delicate petals. Blooming for weeks in summer, the ravishing blooms sit on top of sturdy stems clad with deeply-lobed, silvery leaves. They are followed by decorative seed pods that can be used in dried flower arrangements, or left in the garden for the visual interest they bring. Easy to grow, deer resistant, the silky flowers of this Opium Poppy will flatter a wide range of companion plants.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm). This plant self sows, maintaining its presence in the garden.
  • Prefers full sun to light shade in any well-drained or moist but well-drained soil. Opium Poppy is drought tolerant.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, gravel gardens, cottage gardens or prairies and meadows.
  • Opium Poppy attracts bees and butterflies.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids and downy mildews.
  • Deadhead spent flowers if seeding is not desired.
  • Propagate by seed in situ during spring.
  • Harmful if eaten. This poppy is toxic to humans, cats and dogs. Deer are smart enough to avoid this plant.
  • Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Papaver somniferum is probably native to the eastern Mediterranean, but has now naturalized across much of Europe and Asia.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Papaver
Common names Poppy, Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Schwarzer Drachen’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver bracteatum (Great Scarlet Poppy)
Papaver somniferum ‘Drama Queen’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Black Paeony’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Candy Floss’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver somniferum (Laciniatum Group) ‘Black Swan’ (Opium Poppy)

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Lupinus ‘The Governor’ (Lupine)
Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ (Ornamental Onion)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Papaver
Common names Poppy, Opium Poppy, Breadseed Poppy
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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