Poppy, 'Danish Flag' (Papaver somniferum)
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. Danish Flag Poppies will produce large 6" paper-like flowers with silky, delicate petals that shimmer in the sun. The vivid red coloring on the outer edges of the petals contrast nicely against the white cross at the center. The plants will reach a mature height of 30" -48" tall. Danish Flag Poppies are known to attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs, and even hummingbirds. Freeze seeds for 48 hours before sowing to increase the germination rate. Full sun to partial shade.