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General Information

  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low Water Requirement
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Pollinator
  • Flowers

Common Names

Bunseed Poppy

Plant Description

Sun. A cool-season annual blooming in March. The blue leaves spring up like wildflowers during December and January, growing swiftly to 3' in spring. The leaves resemble dandelion, but without spiny thistles. Nodding flower buds pop upright just before blooming in spectacular scarlet and purple colors, usually around the end of March.

Poppies reseed freely, especially after a wet winter. They can spread out of control in an irrigated setting. (Don't use them if you're trying to cultivate native wildflowers, which will quickly be overwhelmed.)

Plant Details


coupon eligible: No

watersaver: Yes

flower color: White, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Red

freeze hardy: No

wildlife: Butterflies, Pollinators

sunlight requirements: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade

soil types: Clay, Garden Mixed, Sandy

invasive: No


Some effort is required to contain the rampant seedlings that emerge in late winter, which may easily be mistaken for dandelions; don't be shy about weeding extra volunteers. Poppy usually goes to seed before mid-April.

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