Years ago, I saw a photo of ‘Hens and Chicks’ poppy (Papaver somniferum) and immediately knew I had to grow it. It took until this past spring, though, to find seeds that produced what I was hoping for: a large center pod (the “hen”) surrounded by a ring of much smaller pods (the “chicks”).
The height turned out to be about the same as for other strains–around 3 feet tall—but the blooms were much larger than others I’ve grown. Most were a lovely soft pink, though a few were lavender purple. It was very exciting to see the “chicks” develop when the petals dropped, and the dried pods looked really interesting. (I wish I hadn’t had to break them open to get the seeds out.) However, only around half of the plants produced the hens-and-chicks flower form. I saved the seeds only from those plants, but I’m guessing that they will produce similar results. So, if you can accept that maybe 50% of the plants produced by these seeds are likely to have the hens-and-chicks form, then I say these are worth a try if you too want to see these fantastic pods develop. Full sun to light shade. Annual.
Collected in late July 2020. At least 30 seeds.
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