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Papaver somn. var. paeoniflorum - A much sought-after flower, though hard to find, these sumptuous, richlycoloured heirlooms resemble double peonies. Huge 12 cm blooms in lavender, red, white and pink. Leaves are smooth and lettuce-like. Ht. 100 cm, Sp.40 cm. O. Like the skirts of flamenco dancers or ballerinas, the satiny petals of crushed silk dazzle the senses. In 1932, garden writer Henry J. Moore wrote “They occur in colours which baffle description, comprising such delicate shades as apricot and salmon, and among pinks such as rose, blush and flesh and through to the most brilliant of crimsons.” Used for centuries for beauty, magic and medicine, these easy to grow annuals are loved by young and old. Poppies are tap-rooted and do not take well to transplanting, so sow the seeds in flowering position in early spring or fall, thin and deadhead to keep flowers coming. Dried seed pods are excellent in bouquets. Though the ripe seeds of the somniferum (incl. paeoniflorum) are edible for poppy seed cakes and breads, please note that the plant\'s sap is toxic. Poor soil O.K. n SEED COUNT: 700 plus


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