Fire 'N' Snow (papaver somniferum)
There are varying opinions as to why these poppies are called
Fire 'n' Snow. Some say its because they have a white petal at the base of
the flowers, others say its because as the blooms age the tips of the
petals turn white looking like they have been dusted with snow.. We've found the latter to be true for us.
These are stunning flowers to add to any flowerbed. As a single plant
dotted amongst a flowerbed or grouped together for a fuller show, they add
a vibrant splash of rich red, full, feathered showy blooms which average 4
inches across. The plant averages 3 feet high. The dried pods can
be used in flower arrangements or saved for seed. If left in the garden
they will easily reseed themselves year after year. The seeds are
great for bread making and other baking.
Fire 'N' Snow can be sown in directly in the ground in fall or early in
the spring and
germinate best at temperatures between 50f -65f degrees. The seeds should
be sown 1/8 inch deep and raked in lightly . Keep the soil moist
until germination occurs in 14-28 days. Thin to 10"-12" apart.
Once established, poppies do well with little watering. Prefers full sun
to partial shade.
1 packet (approximately 500