'Mother of Pearl' Poppy Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #01703-PK-P1


Easily grown from seed and extremely low maintenance

Days to Maturity: 60 to 75

'Mother of Pearl' Poppy is a hardy annual offering summer interest, with ornamental seed pods extending the season of interest. The long-lived plants set delicate flowers with a black boss of stamens and crepe papery, tissue-like petals in misty shades of grey, lilac, mauve, pink, soft orange, and white, some picotee, some flecked. Borne singly on long, bristly stems, the showy, saucer-shaped flowers attract birds and bees to the garden and make lovely cut flowers if stems are singed before placing it in water.

'Mother of Pearl' Poppy is a Papaver rhoeas cultivar, a beloved old-fashioned variety also known as the common poppy, corn poppy, field poppy, or Flanders poppy. The plants have a clumping, spreading habit of pinnately lobed, cut or toothed, hairy leaves. 'Mother of Pearl' poppies are shown to best effect when grouped or massed in borders or beds or sown in drifts in non-native naturalized areas.

Easily grown from seed and extremely low maintenance, 'Mother of Pearl' poppies prefer full sun and organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil. They are intolerant of drought and overly wet, poorly drained soils. Growing best in cool summer climates, they do not perform well in high heat and humidity and may require some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Deadheading spent flowers keeps the poppies blooming. The flowers freely self-seed in suitable conditions, naturalizing and returning from year to year, performing more like a perennial than an annual. Deer and rabbit resistant.

Direct sow poppy seeds in spring or start seeds indoors and transplant after the threat of frost has passed. In warm climates, seeds can be sown in late fall for an early spring bloom.

If you plan to start your seeds indoors, be sure to check out our Bio Dome Seed Starter Kit. With the Bio Dome, you can control the temperature, light, and soil mix to ensure your seeds become strong for transplant.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Papaver
Species rhoeas
Variety 'Mother Of Pearl'
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start To End Mid Spring - Mid Summer
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 12 in
Plant Width 8 in
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Direct Sow, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Season Extenders, Flower
Bloom Color Dark Purple, Light Black, Light Lavender, Light Orange, Light Pink, White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

December 20, 2014

very nice plant

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Reliably perennial, unusual flower and pretty foliage. Compact, lovely at front of bed.

Irene from NJ

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