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Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty' (Opium poppy 'Black Beauty' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
3-4 months
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty'

Other names

Opium poppy 'Black Beauty'

Genus

Papaver Papaver

Variety or Cultivar

'Black Beauty' _ 'Black Beauty' is an erect, hardy annual with deeply-lobed, blue-green leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing large, double, purple-black flowers in summer. Flowers are followed by large, blue-green seed pods.


Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

All parts may cause mild stomach discomfort if ingested.

Flower

Purple, Black in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Downy mildew Downy mildew

General care

Propagation

Sow seed in situ in spring or sow in late summer in a cool greenhouse, planting out after all risk of frost has passed.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty' (Opium poppy 'Black Beauty' ) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 3-4 months.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining, fertile soil in full sun. Provide support to flopping stems if necessary.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty'

Other names

Opium poppy 'Black Beauty'

Genus

Papaver Papaver

Variety or Cultivar

'Black Beauty' _ 'Black Beauty' is an erect, hardy annual with deeply-lobed, blue-green leaves and erect, leafy stems bearing large, double, purple-black flowers in summer. Flowers are followed by large, blue-green seed pods.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

All parts may cause mild stomach discomfort if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Purple, Black in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in Spring; Blue-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

Specific diseases

Downy mildew

General care

Propagation

Sow seed in situ in spring or sow in late summer in a cool greenhouse, planting out after all risk of frost has passed.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) 'Black Beauty' (Opium poppy 'Black Beauty' ) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 3-4 months.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining, fertile soil in full sun. Provide support to flopping stems if necessary.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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