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Danish Flag Poppy

The sharp contrasting colors of scarlet red and white are stunning in mass plantings. Petal edges are fringed and surround a white center in the shape of a cross. This heirloom flower has its named because the color arrangement appears like the Danish flag. After the petals drop the seed pods have their own appeal in the garden and when  dried they make a great addition to floral decorations.   

100 Seeds

 

PLANTING

Papaver somniferum

Annual 

Germination: 8-14 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 50-65ºF. 

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface, press into soil

Starting Indoors: Difficult to transplant, not recommended. Roots and stems are fragile. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Transplant a few weeks before last frost. 

Sowing Outdoors: Early spring as soon as ground can be worked or in the fall. Sow a few seeds every 8-12" or prepare a weed free seed bed and sprinkle down seeds. Thin the seedlings 8-12" apart. Do not start poppies in hot weather. Germination and growth will be poor sow them in late fall to early spring.

Growth Habit: Upright single stem

Height and Width: 24-36"

Spacing: 8-12 " apart

Light Needs:  Full sun, part shade in hot climates

Soil Needs:  Average loose, well drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-80 days

Uses: Cut flowers, flower beds, mass plantings, wildflower and cottage gardens, attracts butterflies and beneficials. 

Care:  Leave the flowers and pods on to self seed for the following season. Deadhead flowers and pods if you dont want them to self seed. Seed pods can be used for dried arrangements or left in the garden for winter appeal.