Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’
LILAC POM POM FEATHER POPPY
Syn. P. somniferum var. laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’
Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’ is a perfect swirl of fluffy feathers and frills, in delicate lilac pink.
So it is breathtakingly lovely when the large heads bloom as globes of fluff in spring-early summer. And it is so easy to see why they are called Feather Poppies.
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Reliable treats each year
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 rewarding for no work at all.
So the only thing to do is to pull out the spent flower stalks after the blooming season.
But if you would like more gorgeous ‘Lilac Pom Poms’ 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 the seed in new places, or share with friends.
Some low tech gardeners even just pull out the spent stalks with pods intact, and lay them on the ground as a mulch, wherever they want ‘Lilac Pom Poms’ next year.
Treats for florists
And both the fresh flowers and the dried seed pods make super cut flowers for a florist’s vase.
Water-wise & heat tolerant
Plant Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’ in Full Sun.
Feather Poppies are water-wise, and well adapted to happily return each year in places with hot and dry summers.
Satisfyingly Quick & Easy from seed
Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’ 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.
However if you are starting the seeds indoors, for early flowers and highest rate of germination – then make sure you sow the seeds in small but deeper pots, rather than a punnet.
And just place a very small scatter of seeds in each pot
Because Feather Poppies grow long tap roots and resent being disturbed.
So sow your seeds sparingly into individual little deep pots, and then plant the seedlings out in the garden by the whole pot full rather than disturbing them and trying to separate them (don’t worry they germinate in lush abundance).
70cm High of fluffy, feathery lilac pom poms x 30cm Wide of blue-grey foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suits beginners & gardening with kids
Sow Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’ seeds at any time in punnets indoors / or sow directly in the garden in autumn or spring.
Sow indoors for quick plants & early flowers: First sow Feather Poppy seed thinly onto the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Tip for sowing Poppy seeds easily: Poppy seeds are very fine. So pop a pinch or two of fine sieved seed raising mix into the seed bag first, shake well, and then sow the entire contents of the bag.
This will ensure you can sow the seeds thinly and more evenly for better germination.
Then press the seeds gently into surface of the mix, but do not cover with mix.
Because Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’ seeds need light to germinate.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in any direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 18-22°C are optimum for rapid germination.
Continue to keep consistently moist by misting from a spray water-bottle.
Covering the pots with a clear lid or plastic bag can also help to maintain consistent moisture and reduce watering.
(Remove cover as soon as germination commences).
Seeds 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).
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