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Opium Poppy Black Beauty in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'

 

Opium Poppy 'Black Beauty'

Papaver somniferum is a subtype of opium poppy which grow to about 60 to 90cm tall and has thick, hairy stems and lettuce like leaves. The seed pods are well-suited for crafts and dried floral arrangements. Most annual varieties will readily self-seed. 'Black Beauty' is an annual with large, double, purple-black flowers in summer. Flowers are followed by large, blue-green seed pods.

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plant Features
  • Opium Poppy Black Beauty likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Opium Poppy Black Beauty likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Opium Poppy Black Beauty is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Opium Poppy Black Beauty likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Opium Poppy 'Black Beauty'

Latin name

Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'

type

Annual

family

Papaveraceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Opium Poppy Black Beauty likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Opium Poppy Black Beauty is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Opium Poppy Black Beauty likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Opium Poppy Black Beauty likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Opium Poppy Black Beauty is 0.60meters x 1.00meters 0.60 M 1.00 M

Papaver somniferum 'Black Beauty'

Papaver somniferum is a subtype of opium poppy which grow to about 60 to 90cm tall and has thick, hairy stems and lettuce like leaves. The seed pods are well-suited for crafts and dried floral arrangements. Most annual varieties will readily self-seed. 'Black Beauty' is an annual with large, double, purple-black flowers in summer. Flowers are followed by large, blue-green seed pods.


Propagation by seed early Spring

From Late Winter TO Late Spring

Sow seed on compost and cover lightly with compost that has been sifted, keep moist. The seed is like dust be warned. For a longer flowering period sow in succession and you can get a display into late summer.

 

Propagation by seed Autumn

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

Sow seed on compost and cover lightly with compost that has been sifted and keep moist. The seed is like dust be warned.

 

Planting Outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Where they are planted is critical to the success of growing these. They need to be in shade or shady sheltered sight, under trees or tall plants, where the soil permanently moist. They do not survive in hot dry conditions, apparently they do well in Scotland, but do not grow well or if at all where the summers are hot and dry.

 

Planting Outdoors Spring

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Grow them in a position with deep, well-drained, fertile soil in full sun, they can also be grown in large containers.

 

Sowing seed in Spring or Autumn

From Early Spring TO Late Autumn

Sow in pots in autumn or sow directly in spring. Sown in spring the plants will flower mid-summer. If sown in autumn they will flower from late spring onwards.

 
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