Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum
Burnt orange poppies of satin silk, in spring & summer, borne above spectacular bright silver foliage rosettes. Together they make Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum a show stopper.
Decorative crinkled, cut and scalloped leaves in make handsome rosette.
Personally I would grow it for the shimmering silver foliage alone.
But when it unfurls it’s satin poppies of burnt orange in summer – it is ravishing.
And then it follows up with spectacular long, silver seed pods, just to make sure you don’t miss it, and hence give it the common name of Horned Poppy.
Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum basks in Full Sun.
And it just loves good drainage.
So if you have more moisture in your garden , then plant it in a raised site or in a terracotta pot. It will love you for it.
In fact the Horned Poppy actually prefers poorer soils, and relishes sandy, rocky or gravel sites.
As a native of Africa and southern Europe around the Mediterranean it is born to be drought and heat hardy and very water-wise.
The Horned Pippy will gently self-sow around itself each year, but it is not a menace.
And anyway I would find it difficult to have too many of those sizzling silver decorative foliage rosettes in my garden to set off all the greens. Just enough volunteer seedlings to share with special gardening friends – but only if they are good.
45cm H x 40cm W.
SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow any time indoors in punnets / or scatter directly in garden in winter.
Sow on surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press gently into surface. Cover with 1mm of fine mix. Cover punnet to keep dark.
Keep punnet moist.
15-20°C approx. is best for rapid germination.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 40 seeds per pack