Peony Poppies With Double Flowers

Papaver somniferum double

These poppies could almost be an addition to my perennially popular post about the similarity of double roses, camellias and peonies

Double poppy purple

Technically Papaver somniferum, these ornamental annuals are often sold as seed strains under the name ‘peony poppies’, and are available in a decent range of colours. ‘Black’ forms are rich, dark purples, as so often with flowers.

Papaver double

My final shot today is of a double pink poppy with fringed petals not unlike like the lockdown haircuts many people are sporting, if we set aside the colour. Nice to see a plant showing solidarity with us humans!

Shared as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day.

43 Replies to “Peony Poppies With Double Flowers”

    1. I’m dreading the moment when the hairdresser takes one look and asks ‘When did you last have it cut?’ – mind you, chance would be a fine thing.

  1. Oh, my gosh! My morning hair style was the first thing I thought of when I saw that last photo! Unlike my hair, however, the flower is glorious. Of course I admire that bud at the top. I think the alliteration in your first line somehow fit the blooms. Very nice indeed!

  2. I love P. somniferum, esp. the dark purple ones. I only have mauve and red singles, not having had luck with sowing store bought double seeds. I need to find someone here locally to beg fresh seed.

    1. I hope you can find some. My store bought Nasturtium seeds are supposed to be mixed colours and with variegated foliage but are all orange so far, and mainly not variegated.

  3. I wonder why my peonies have let me down this year? I had one bloom only on one plant and nothing at all on the other. Maybe because I transplanted them from the garden into large pots so that I could move them around. Your double peoony is gorgeous, it looks almost edible.

    1. These are poppies, which are perhaps a bit easier than real peonies. My title is a bit misleading. I’ve been told that the main issue that stops peonies flowering is when they are planted too deep.

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