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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
opium poppy balewort
carnation poppy dream plant fairy's charms flower of Venus Joan silver pin John's silver pin marble flower maw seed moonflower opium peony poppy sweet slumber white poppy
Papaver can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennials with simple or pinnately divided leaves and short-lived, saucer-shaped, 4-petalled flowers which may be solitary or in racemes
P. somniferum is a smooth, glaucous annual, to 120cm, with heart-shaped leaves, the upper ones clasping the stem and with toothed, wavy margins. The wide-open flowers have large petals surrounding a green, urn-shaped capsule with a flat cap, and many dark purple or yellow stamens. The capsule enlarges after flowering and makes a decorative cut flower fresh or dried. Colour is variable, often white or mauve, but garden selections may be in many shades of red, pink, purple and near black. Double and laciniate forms are widely available
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilSand, Loam, Chalk
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Easy to grow in any well-drained or moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Short-lived flowers have distinctive "pepper-pot" seed pods
Propagate by seed in situ during spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Wildflower meadow Prairie Planting
Pruning No pruning required but deadhead if seed is not required
Pests Generally trouble free but may be attacked by aphids
May be affected by downy mildew in wet conditions and fungal wilts
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