These are an incredibly rare poppy which we haven’t grown for five years, we wanted to wait until we had enough indoor growing space to grow a decent crop as it’s important to prevent cross-pollination to keep the strain pure and thereby retain the stunning qualities of this enigmatic Papaver Somniferum.
These really look like no other poppy; it’s really difficult to accurately portray what they look like when photographing them as, to the eye, they really do look black! It’s kind of a trick of the eye as they are actually a very deep purple, as can be seen in the photos.
The petals tend last a good few days longer than most Somniferum varieties and the pod begins growing while still concealed by the mass of near-black petals. Once the petals fall off, the resulting pods are a good size, with a generous number of flowes/pods per plant.
If you want to grow a type of opium poppy which, to the untrained eye, really doesn’t look like an opium poppy, then this is the one to go for!
Stocks of these are limited.