This old-fashioned cottage garden charmer adds a touch of Victorian elegance. Whorled petals of creamy ivory brushed with touches of salmon-red in singles, semi-doubles and doubles now true to the original strain. Blue-green foliage makes an intense backdrop for these 4" peony blooms. 3' plants stood the rains well and were still blossoming in October. Very showy in indoor arrangements. After the blooms are done, the large blue-green oblong seedpods are highly prized as everlastings. Annual.
Need light to germinate. Sow outside in spring after frost or sow in fall for early blooms the following summer. Thin to 9–12". Like full sun. Will self sow.
Sensuous luxurious flowers, about 2½–3' tall. Poppies make wondrous cutflowers: choose buds that have straightened up but not quite opened. Immediately sear the cut stem with a flame and put in water. Poppies open after several hours—an austere bouquet in the evening can become a riot of colors the next morning.