Peony Poppy, 'Purple' (Papaver paeniflorum)
Poppies prefer a cool climate over hot weather. They grow best in loose, well drained soil. Scatter seeds during the fall or early spring as soon as the last winter snow recedes. Starting poppies at the edge of melting snow is recommended. The Purple Peony Poppy, with its blue-green foliage, will grow to an average height of 32" - 40" tall. The large double-petaled blooms are ruffled and measure 4"- 6" wide. They bloom for a few short weeks in late spring to early summer, then wilting with the heat of summer and exposing their large, poppy seed pods. Freeze seeds for 48 hours before sowing to increase the germination rate. Full sun to partial shade.