Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group

poppy ( syn. Fairy Wings )

Eventual height & spread

Papaver rhoeas Mother of Pearl Group

poppy ( syn. Fairy Wings )

  • approx 500 seeds
  • £2.99
  • In stock (shipped within 1-2 working days)
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  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: Average
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Hardiness: Hardy annual


  • An array of pink, white and lilac shades, which all have metallic-blue undertones, the flowers of this field poppy appear like luminous butterflies on top of the slender, hairy stems. Long after the last petal has fluttered away on the breeze, the seed-heads will continue to add a decorative touch to the border.


  • Garden care:
    These poppies tend to resent root disturbance, so plant or sow them in situ. If you don't want them to self-seed, then remove the spent flowerheads after the petals fall. If however you'd like another batch of self-sown seedlings in subsequent years, leave the seedheads intact, and when the seed has ripened, give them a gentle shake to spread their contents. When watering, avoid the 'little and often' approach, but when the soil becomes dry, water thoroughly so it can really soak in.


  • Sowing instructions:
    Sow shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring, or (for an earlier display the following year) late summer to early autumn. Water well and as the seedlings appear, thin them out to 30cm intervals keeping just the healthiest and most robust ones to develop.


  • Sow: March to May or August to September


  • Flowering: June to August


  • Approximate quantity: 1000 seeds

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