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Corn Poppy/Shirley Poppy
Papaver rhoeas (Papaveraceae)

A hardy annual native to Europe, but has been naturalized throughout the United States. The large 3-4 inch blooms range in shades from white and pink, to red and are individually borne on erect hairy stems. The foliage remains inconspicuous allowing the flower to express its full beauty. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Performs best if sown in late fall in the southern regions of the U.S. or in early spring in the northern regions of the U.S.

Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 2-2 1/2 feet
Germination: 10-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 60-70F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: March-July
Average seeds per pound: 3,200,000
Seeding rate: 2 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Flower gardens, roadsides, meadows, mixtures, cut flowers.
Miscellaneous: Not enough can be said about this all time gardening favorite. The seed pods are attractive for dry floral arrangements. Can be seen from great distances, guaranteed to make the neighbors jealous.