PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Papaver pilosum ssp. spicatum|
|A rare poppy originating from south-western Turkey, this is unlike other poppies, in that it flowers along the length of its stem, not just at the tip. Stiff stems rise from rosettes of divided, grey-green foliage, bearing single, soft-orange blooms from late spring and through the summer. It is often noted for its attractive buds, and I think I know why - I have one established plant which grows healthily every year, but the pretty buds rarely open because they rot if subjected to significant rain - it is obviously a plant that is not well suited to our climate. I have been unable to collect seeds in all the years that it's been in the garden, but this year I will provide protection from rain - and cross my fingers!|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow in spring very thinly onto the surface of good quality compost, covering with the barest dusting of sifted compost or fine vermiculite. Heat should not be required. It is recommended to use small modules and to sow only 2 or 3 seeds per cell, because this plant resents disturbance. Grow on until large enough to plant out. Can also be sown at other times of year, but spring is probably simplest in terms of aftercare of young plants.|