"Black Swan" Poppy - 3290
Papaver somniferum (Papaveraceae)
An erect, easy to grow annual that has become a garden favorite. A drought tolerant species that produces a long slender taproot. The unique flowers are double to semi-double frilled with numerous finely cut petals in a distinctive dark burgundy color. In the summer sun, from a distance, the flowers almost appear black in color hence the name "Black Swan". The foliage is grayish-green in appearance and the stems and leaves are sparsely covered with coarse hairs. Requires full sun in fertile well-drained soil. Self-sows freely. The attractive seed pods make a useful addition to dried flower arrangements.
Average Planting Success: 80%
Height: 2 - 3 feet
Germination: 7 - 28 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 60°F - 65°F
Sowing Depth: Surface Sow
Blooming Period: March - September
Average Seeds Per Pound: 1,360,800
Seeds/Pkt: 600 + - Covers 25 sq. ft.
1 oz Covers: 1,361 sq. ft.
Seeding Rate: 2 lbs. per acre
Suggested Use: Borders, flower gardens, monocultures.
Miscellaneous: Does not transplant well. Direct sow in areas you want the plant to become established.