Papaver somniferum ‘Hens and Chicks’ (Annual Poppy) [30 Seeds]


Germination Information: In my experience, these poppies grow best if you scatter (surface sow) the seeds outdoors right where you want them to grow, in late fall to early spring, so they can germinate while the soil is still cool. (Later plantings may still sprout, but the plants tend to be shorter and scrawnier, with smaller flowers.) Let at least some of the pods dry in your garden, then shake or crumble the browned seedheads around your garden to enjoy the poppies again next year.

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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.

Cannot ship to WV.

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