From the Sarah Raven's Brilliant for Bees & Butterflies range.
Beautiful, ethereal, papery white flowers that unravel like crumpled silk. Some calls it Thorny sister of Poppy, because stems and leafs are thorny.
Each flower does not last long, but they come in a continual supply. God cut flower as it has long vase life.
Genus - Argemone
Species - Platycerus
Common name - Prickly Poppy
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 11
Height - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,45 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Humous, loamy, clay, well drained
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, no overwatering
Landscape uses - Mixed gardens, cutting
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
INDOORS: Sow from February to March in trays of seed compost. Cover with a fine layer (3-5 mm) of compost. Firm gently and keep moist.
They need some light to germinate. Cover with glass or clear plastic. Keep at approx. +15-+20C.
Plant out when the frosts have gone and space to two feet apart.
OUTDOORS immediately after the last frost (till end of May) in a prepared seed bed, in flowering position.
Press the seeds firmly into the ground and lightly cover. Keep the area weed free and lightly watered.
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