1 gram 'Santa Cruz Red' Poppy Mix, USA, Papaver somniferum seeds
'Santa Cruz Red' poppy mix. A Traditional Opium Poppy mix of mostly red, with some ruffled black, and single Taz purple, and other color possibilities. Freshly harvested and dried in June-July of 2019 from a secret location north of Santa Cruz, CA, just one mile from the shores of the Pacific Ocean and nearby migrating pods of wild whales. Not much fog in the winter there, but consistently cool and sunny weather loved by artichokes and medicinal poppies alike. Most of the poppy seeds were noticeably red in color at harvest.
A beautiful cool season annual medicinal flower in a mixture of single and some double flowers in a variety of colors, but with maybe 50% to 75% being bright red. They have been naturally reseeding themselves for some years now. About 1,000 seeds per gram.
Winter flower, do not cover seeds, full sun preferred. Cool temps under 60F, frost OK, snow OK. Deep rich loam will produce larger plants and more flowers. Space 2-3 feet apart for best results.
- Limited quantity, one-time deal. I "just happened" to be in the right place at exactly the right time to acquire these seeds in person as the pods were being cut by an amateur backyard grower over the fence from where I was standing …
- A more likely scenario: the Poppy Plant Spirits made it all happen so that these seeds were saved and spread around the world and did not end up in the compost pile, that one day per year in Santa Cruz County when I was on vacation and not 'working.'