Each mauve-purple, veiny, crinkled petal…
Is unfolding from its light green capsule that has been protecting it in its infancy. Now having broken its shell, each petal is stretching out as far as it can reach and inviting the bees and the butterflies to come visit and pollinate; giving back to the world through its own instinct.
Find this flower and others in our floral print store.
points of interest
In summer, solitary, bowl-shaped, papery, mauve-purple flowers with dark spots at the petal bases appear atop wiry and hairy stems. Stems emit a milky latex sap when broken. Leaves are glaucous, blue-green. Flower are short lived. After flowering, large seedpods appear that are useful in dried arrangements or to harvest seeds for cooking.
Grow in deep, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Sew seed in situ in spring and allow to self-seed, if desired.
friday’s flower fact
Unlike its ornamental counterparts, the bread seed poppy does not shed its seeds when ripe. A high number of poppy seeds are contained within the seedpods, which can be used in baking muffins, cakes, bread and bagels, and they are the only non-toxic part of the plant.
Botanical Name | Papaver somniferum
Family | Papaveraceae
Type | Annual
Origin | Unknown
Zone | 3-8
Flower Height | 2-3’
Flower Diameter | 4”
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