Planting Information on Carnation Poppies


Carnation poppies are sometimes referred to as peony poppies or opium poppies. They are a member of the Papaver somniferum and paeoniflorum family of poppies.


The Egyptians utilized the opium poppy for promoting sleep. The Greeks, who widely cultivated the poppy, named a town after the poppy. Mekonê means "poppy town."


Carnation poppies achieve heights of up to 3 to 4 feet. Their full, frilly flowers range in colors from pinks to purple and flowers vary in size from 4 to 5 inches across.

Growing Considerations

Carnation poppies like full sun, with good drainage and fertile soil. They require regular watering and deadheading (removing the old blossoms) to ensure plentiful blooms.


More varieties of the carnation poppy are the bombast rose peony, which has 5-inch blooms. The lilac pom-pom poppy is a frilly, baby pink poppy with 4.5-inch blooms.

Expert Insight

Germination time for carnation poppy seeds is typically 7 to 14 days. Carnation poppies are self-cultivating flowers. If blossoms are left to go to pod, they will distribute seeds that sprout the next spring.


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