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By Salvia

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These purple poppies have appeared in amongst the red ones I have had for some years. They are deep purple with a paler centre. Can anyone identify them for me?

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Double flowered opium poppies. They self seed all over the place and often revert to other colours and types. The seed could have blown in from a neighbour or just be a reversion of the red type you have. Our opium poppies are predominantly purple ones but single flowers, and come up all over our garden if we leave them to seed.

21 Jun, 2012


Aren't they gorgeous?

21 Jun, 2012


I suspect it is a colour form that due to cross pollination over a few generations [or from a plant nearby] has repeared in the colour mix. If you dont like them then just pul them out. They are very pretty though.

21 Jun, 2012


Thanks everyone for your helpful comments. I shall leave them in as I do agree they look lovely!

22 Jun, 2012

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