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Papaver bracteatum

The Great Red Poppy is the world's largest poppy. This hardy, long-lived perennial produces enormous, 6-8 inch, brilliant red spring flowers.

Great Red poppy seeds. Grow the world's largest poppy flower. Perennial seeds.

GREAT RED Poppy Seeds

Great Red Poppy is the largest poppy of them all. Plants reach 4-5 feet tall (need no support) and produce huge, frilled, 6-8 inch scarlet flowers with prominent black blotches planted firmly in their centers. Blooms mid to late spring. Few plants are as spectacular as the Great Red Poppy. Closely related to Oriental Poppies, this is a parent of some of the finest Oriental Poppy hybrids. Needs cool winters, best performance is in zones 4-8.

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How to Plant GREAT RED POPPY Seeds

Sow seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds in rows, thin to 12-18 inches apart.
Comments: Full sun. Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Provide regular water the first season, less water following years. Long-lived in cold winter climates, plants can thrive for decades. For bouquets: Cut stems in morning as flower petals unfold, sear stem end with match. Flowers followed by large ornamental pods filled with thousands of spicy, nutty-flavored edible seeds. Plants go dormant after flowering, leaves return in fall, persist through winter. Place next to sprawling plants such as Baby's Breath, they fill gaps left by poppies. Divide infrequently, every 4-5 years in mid- to late summer. Flowers attract bees, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Rabbit and deer resistant perennial.

Papaver bracteatum illustration, circa 1822.