Glaucium flavum ‘Fulvum’ (Orange Horned Poppy) [20 Seeds]


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Germination Information: Like other poppies, this one tends to grow best if you scatter (surface sow) the seeds outdoors right where you want them to grow, in late fall to early spring. Experience tells me that it’s possible to move the seedlings while they are still small, as long as you don’t disturb the roots too much, so you could sow in pots instead if you wish; just do your best to spread out the seeds so the seedlings aren’t crowded. I winter-sowed my seeds in milk jugs on January 7; one batch started sprouting on March 20 and one on April 3. Your experience may vary.

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I’d wanted to try this beautiful poppy relative for a while, so a couple years ago, I bought seeds of Glaucium flavum (supposed to be yellow) from one source and G. flavum var. aurantiacum (supposed to be bright orange-red) from another. Both batches produced plants with orange flowers—usually soft orange but with more intense coloring in cool temperatures and paler tints in hot weather. As best as I can tell, what I’m growing is G. flavum ‘Fulvum’, though that is apparently a synonym for G. flavum var. aurantiacum. Argh! Trying to keep the names straight is a real nightmare. Whatever you call them, figure that the seeds I’m listing here are likely to produce orange flowers in summer on branching stems that reach about 18 inches tall. What I like even better than the flowers is the intensely silver-blue foliage: it alone is a good reason to give this plant a try for year-round interest. The long, slender seedpods are interesting too. Be aware that horned poppy may self-sow freely if you allow the seedpods to mature on the plant. Full sun is best; average to dry soil.

There seems to be some question about whether horned poppy is annual, biennial, or perennial. What I can say so far is that all of the seeds I sowed in winter and left outdoors germinated in spring, flowered in summer, produced a flush of beautiful new basal foliage heading into their first winter, and then flowered again the following spring. So, I am describing them as being either annual (since they can flower the first year) or perennial (Zones 6 [maybe 5] to 9)—possibly a short-lived perennial.

Collected in early to mid August 2023. At least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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