This is a dwarf variant of the more common alpine poppy, Papaver alpinum, with very short stems bearing large white flowers with a large boss of yellow stamens, and very full petals. It grows on high screes and rocks in the Austrian Alps.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Sendtner's Alpine Poppy
Classification:Hardy perennial, Hardy biennial