Hen and Chickens Poppy flowers Seeds (Papaver Somniferum ) Great Dried Arrangements
Flower arrangers just won't be able to wait to get their hands on this unusual strain of Poppy. The large, pale lilac flowers that are borne in summer are followed by a curious arrangement of seed pods in which the usual central pod has arising from its base several little seed pods giving the impression of a mother hen surrounded by her brood of little chickens. These pods are very decorative when dried and dyed. 2ft (60cm)
For an easily grown splash of color, few flowers can equal poppies with their flowers produced in profusion throughout the summer. Sow and forget, nearly all will flower in the first year from sowing.
Poppy Hen & Chickens (Papaver Somniferum Hen & Chickens) - Called Poppy Hens And Chicks or Poppy Hens And Chickens, these Poppy seeds are grown more for the unique seed pods than the actual flower. After the Poppy flower fades and the petals fall, the seed pod is left. The main pod is surrounded by masses of smaller pods giving the impression of a mother hen and chicks. Poppy uses include drying and preserving to be used in dried arrangements. This Poppy plant grows to about 24 - 36 inches high. The foliage is unique for Poppies, with broad lettuce-like leaves. Hens and Chicks Poppy pods are sought after, but the Poppy flowers are lovely as well. They are large, single-petaled and usually a deep red to a light purple.
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 24 - 32 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall
Bloom Color: Pale pink to purple
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well drained soil, pH 6.1 - 7.5
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: No
Depth: 1/16 inch deep
Sowing Rate: 5 - 6 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 9 - 15 inche