An enormous giant of a poppy if grown in rich, peaty moist soil and hopefully a bit of shade. Certainly one to ring all your friends about. A stout, bristly-leaved stem, almost a trunk, holds repeatedly branching arms each holding a delicate, pale blue tissue-paper flower. Quite a stunning picture you must agree.
Seeds can be sown at any time, but for a full season of growth are best sown in trays in early spring. Cover seeds thinly in a cool spot, artificial heat is rarely needed as this can cause rapid germination and fungal attack. Seedlings usually appear within 3 to 6 weeks but can take much longer. Pot on into small pots and protect from hot sun. Plant out into a shaded, moist, peaty or organic soil. Many are herbaceous, dying down to a large, resting, winter bud.