Papaver orientale. A semi-dwarf mixture of red, scarlet, orange, salmon, mauve, rose, pink and white blooms with black centers. 3-4 inch flowers are held on strong 24 inch tall stems which withstand strong winds. Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Approximately 10 pelleted seeds/pkg.
Start inside 4-6 weeks before last frost in peat pots. Cover seed lightly and provide darkness. Poppies dislike transplanting, best direct seeded once the soil warms up to 21 degrees C. To plant, cover seed with 1⁄8 inches soil. Transplant or thin plants to 10-12 inches apart in a full sun location.
Do not over water or fertilize. Deadhead regularly. Poppies make good cut flowers if you singe the cut ends with a candle flame to stop the flow of sap. Self seeds freely.