Papaver Somniferum – Five Poppies to Dazzle Your Day

Some of the best Breadseed Poppies to add to your garden

Papaver Somniferum poppies, commonly known as Breadseed poppies, are a fantastic group of plants which can offer true delight to any garden. Annual in characteristic, they come in a huge variety of flower shapes and colors and will provide a wonderful additional plant to any garden bed or border. Meanwhile, they are also a fantastic plant to incorporate into vegetable gardens, attracting a wide range of insects that will come for pollen and fertilize crops and harvests as they go.

With so many different species available it can often be difficult to choose the perfect variety, but here are five varieties that will bring enjoyment to your day.

Lavender Semi-Double Papaver

This fantastic Papaver somniferum variety offers a decadent bloom perfect for any gardener with flamboyant tastes. White and purple in color, its outer petals offer a gorgeous creamy tone. However, it is the Lavender Semi-Double’s centre that makes it a great poppy for a border, as an explosion of tiny shredded lavender covered petals circle a pale green centre. With the lavender deepening to a dark purple hue at its center and flowers growing up to four inches across, this Lavender specimen is perfect for those who want to create a blousy border with lots of ruffles and feathers.


This simple yet showy specimen is a gorgeous staple that should be included in all Papaver somniferum collections. Large flowers with delicate pure white blooms will draw the eye and create a sophisticated setting. Used alone as part of a elegant and pale palette, or used as a backbone color to set off other intense highlights, the Papaver somniferum Album is an easy flower to grow, while giving off a gracious aura.


Like Papaver somniferum Album, the Queens variety offers a beautiful and sophisticated Breadseed variety to be used amongst beds and borders. With a sublimely soft pink petal and cream centre, Queens provides the gardener with a regal flower which will stun guests and gardeners alike. Paired with Album it creates a stunning display of pink and white, but it is easily able to hold its own and will become a much loved specimen.

Purple Fringed Mix

Much like many of the common and self fertilized varieties, Papaver somniferum Purple Fringe are a great group of dark hued poppies for the garden. With taffeta and crepe like petals that are heavily fringed, this mix will provide a range of purple blooms with subtle differences in hue. They are very easily grown, will self seed well, and offer a fantastic accompaniment to flower borders.

Pepperbox Mix

Like the Purple Fringed Papaver mix, this pepperbox collection is highly fringed. Their crepe and taffeta petals offer a delicate touch to any garden setting, and they will be much loved by bees and insects alike. Meanwhile, a more variant range of colors can be expected with flowers bursting into hues of purple, pink, and red.

There are many more Breadseed varieties which will add color, spice, and exuberance to garden borders. And while the five listed above can prove some of the most stunning, there are many more Papaver somniferum poppies to indulge yourself in as your passion grows.

So now that you know our top 5 Papaver somniferum picks…

Stop on by and see us at One Stop Poppy Shoppe. We are experts in planting, growing and caring for all types of poppies, and are eager to show you our large Papaver somniferum collection and share our knowledge.

  1. s f guidry
    12/08/2010 at 23:10

    do planting instructions come with an order?

  2. 12/09/2010 at 04:43

    Hi, yes we send along a 2 page planting and growing sheet and we are happy to answer any additional questions that you may have.

  3. Randy Faulconer
    01/27/2011 at 11:18

    Do you sell dried poppies

  4. 01/27/2011 at 14:02

    Hi Randy!
    Thank-you for the email.
    No, sorry we do not sell pods, however you could grow your own from seed…thanks!

  5. theresa
    02/17/2011 at 08:47

    Can these seeds be grown successfully in Northwest Florida?

  6. 02/21/2011 at 16:39

    Hi Theresa! Yes they can, but you should wait until next Fall as poppies are grown in FL in the wintertime.

  7. 05/02/2011 at 16:54

    Hello,I live in the high desert in california and I have had good germination but none ever survive the slugs,I really love the papaver somniferum bulbs and think they look great!I am goig to try again with your seeds,do you have any hints to protect them until they get going well enough to stave off the critters,(I never use any insectide)what companion plant do you recommend?

  8. chris posey
    05/17/2011 at 06:41

    hey!!1 just bought from a competitor!! i feel S T U P I D !!!!wish i would have bought from you guys first!!! prices are MUCH better!! do you ship ‘live plants’? they are all so BEAUTIFUL i dont want to wait for my flowergarden to grow!!!

  9. 05/25/2011 at 14:25

    Hi Chris, no sorry we do not sell plants.

  10. 05/25/2011 at 14:31

    Hi Douglas, the only alternative to a purchased slug/snal bait (safe for people and pets) is beer. Yes, BEER! My mother always used it and it worked! She filled jar lids with beer and placed then out in the garden. The slugs and snails would crawl in and die.

  11. William
    05/07/2012 at 11:10

    I ordered several breadseed varieties. I live in the Northwest (Washington state) and was worried when to plant as it doesn’t really get warm here til June. Everything I read said plant early they MUST have cool weather to germinate… Well its true and I had to totally rethink my gardening philosophy. Papaver somniferum literally sprout in the snow. I planted in late February and we still had several frosts and snow but they loved it! I bet you could start them in a refrigerator!

  12. William
    05/07/2012 at 11:14

    probably a reaction between the acids in the beer and the metal jar lids. Slugs HATE copper and most commercial slug bait is metaldehyde. Put a line of pennies around your pllants and they will not cross the copper. Copper tubing and wire works good too. Maybe it gives them a sensation like aluminum foil on human teeth….

  13. William
    05/07/2012 at 11:17

    It’s now May 7th and my Giganteum, Danish Flag, and Persian Blue are over a foot tall…

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