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8 Shirley Poppies

Our gardens wouldn't be complete with out Shirley poppies. For us they are the true harbingers of spring. They bloom at a time when their bright and cheery faces are most appreciated - the days are still cool and most other plants are weeks away from flowering. If sown successively the bloom will be extended through the summer. Flowers are good for cutting if the fresh cut is seared with a match. Naturalizes readily, and is easy to grow. Grows to 2-3 ft. tall.

Shirley poppy National Mix - Annual Flower Seeds AN00390

NATIONAL MIX Shirley Poppy

A classic combination of crinkled single poppies in snow white and clear red with small white central spots.

2,500 seeds - $2.49

Shirley poppy Bridal Silk - Annual Flower Seeds AN00385

BRIDAL SILK Shirley Poppy

Fleuroselect Novelty Award Winner. Now you can plant brilliant white Shirley poppies without having to get them as part of a mix. Large, snowy flowers with yellow anthers are dramatic planted in drifts.

2,500 seeds - $2.49

Shirley poppy American Legion - Annual Flower Seeds AN00383


Flowers are blood red, white crosses mark their hearts. Immortalized in the poem In Flanders Field by Canadian surgeon and soldier John McCrae.
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row..."
Adopted as the symbol of the American Legion, just prior to Memorial Day, 1920.

1 Gram - $2.49

Shirley poppy Mother of Pearl - Annual Flower Seeds AN00386


Large, papery-petaled flowers in airbrushed pastel shades including smokey gray, pewter, lilac, mauve edged in white, pink, soft orange, white and bicolor picotee. English artist and garden enthusiast Sir Cedric Morris developed these unique dusky shades in 1910. Packet is 1 gram, about 8,000 seeds.

1 Gram - $2.49

Shirley poppy Red Corn - Annual Flower Seeds AN00382

RED CORN Shirley Poppy

Large, red, single poppies Packet is 3 grams, about 25,000 seeds.

3 Grams - $1.99

Shirley poppy Single Mixed - Annual Flower Seeds AN00381


Large, crinkled single poppies in shades of scarlet, pink, and white. Packet is 3 grams, about 25,000 seeds.

3 Grams - $1.99

Shirley poppy Double Mixed in pink to red shades - Annual Flower Seeds AN00380

DOUBLE MIXED Shirley Poppy

Delicate looking crinkled, double 3-4 in. blossoms in pink, rose, salmon, and scarlet. Packet is 3 grams, about 25,000 seeds.

3 Grams - $1.99

Shirley poppy Angel's Choir - Annual Flower Seeds AN01251

ANGEL'S CHOIR Shirley Poppy

Silky, 2-4 in. double poppies in soft shades of coral, apricot-pink, orange, rose, peach, lavender, gray-pink, and white. Includes many interesting bicolors and picotees. There will be the occasional single-flowered or red-flowered plant.

500 seeds - $3.49

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How to Plant Shirley Poppy Seeds

Bee introduces how to plant

Direct sow Shirley poppies into prepared seed beds that have been cleared of weeds and have had the top 1 in. of soil loosened. Rake seed in. Press into soil by walking over the area. Keep moist until germination. Can start indoors in 2 in. containers.