Papaver laciniatum ‘Black Swan’
BLACK SWAN FEATHER POPPY
Papaver laciniatum ‘Black Swan’ is a flurry of fluffy feathers and frills, in deepest burgundy-black.
So it is an arresting sight when the large heads bloom in spring-early summer, and it is easy to see why they are called “Feather Poppies”.
Papaver laciniatum are very reliable self-seeding annuals.
So you can look forward to them as a treat every year.
Wonderfully rewarding for no work
They are wonderfully glamorous and rewarding for no work at all.
So the only thing to do is to pull out the spent flower stalks after the blooming season.
If you would like more gorgeous ‘Black Swans’ for next year, just leave a few fat seed pods to dry on the stalks, and they will happily scatter their progeny for next season.
Or you can cut some seed pods as they open, and pop them into a brown paper bag to drop their seeds. And then you can scatter seed in new places, or share with friends.
Some low tech gardeners even just pull out the spent stalks with pods, and lay them on the ground as a mulch, wherever they want ‘Black Swans’ next year.
Super cut flowers
And both the fresh flowers and the dried seed pods make super cut flowers for a florist’s vase.
Plant Papaver laciniatum ‘Black Swan’ in Full Sun.
Feather Poppies are water-wise, and well adapted to return each year in places with hot and dry summers.
Satisfyingly Quick & Easy from seed
And they are very satisfyingly quick & easy to grow from seed.
As they are perfect candidates for just scattering seeds in the garden where you want them to grow.
If you are starting the seeds indoors, for early flowers and highest rate of germination – then make sure you sow the seed in deeper pots. Because Feather Poppies grow long tap roots and resent being disturbed. So sow your seeds into deep pots, and then plant the seedlings out in the garden by the pot full (don’t worry they germinate in lush abundance).
70cm H x 30cm W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow seeds at any time in punnets indoors / or sow in garden in autumn or spring.
Sow Feather Poppy seed thinly onto the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then press the seeds gently into surface of the mix, but do not cover with mix.
Because Papaver laciniatum ‘Black Swan’ seeds need light to germinate.
Continue to keep moist but not wet in a well-lit position.
Temperatures of 18-22°C are optimum for rapid germination.
Seed germinates in 7-21 days approx.
SEED COUNT: 250 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).