Mother of Pearl Poppy

Organic Mother of Pearl Poppy Seeds

The Artist Gardener

Papaver rhoeas
Abundant, luminescent blooms.
Art Pack, 250 seeds
Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC , Grown in the Northeast
$3.95

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Detailed Product Info

Sir Cedric Morris was a twentieth-century British artist who not only painted an array of portraits and still lives, but also practiced horticultural artistry, breeding new varieties of irises and poppies. For this poppy, he wanted to create a pastel palette of dusty pinks, muted purples, and blushed whites - all with a shell-like luster. The overall impression of a field of these poppies is that of an artist's palette, one on which the colors have been gently - but un-thoroughly - mixed before being applied to the canvas.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 80 days
Planting Depth 0"
Spacing in Row 4"
Spacing Between Rows 60"
Height at Maturity 36"
Width at Maturity 10"
Growing Instructions

Direct sow; do not transplant. Press seeds into bare, moist soil very early in the chill of spring. Keep soil moist, but not wet, especially when the days begin to warm and the soil is prone to drying out. Poppies can withstand crowding, so only thin if seedlings emerge less than 3" apart. Slow to start, but should take off once plants are 4 inches high. Mother of Pearl will bloom in several flushes and self-sows readily, so be sure to let some flowers go to seed. (Tip: to make broadcasting easier, mix seeds with sand.)

About the Art and Artist
Art by Jean Bradbury. The paintings of Jean Bradbury feature small plants and animals in whimsical settings she calls “dreamscapes”. Often incorporating gold, silver and copper leaf these pieces amplify the details and charm of plants to bring the wonder of nature to our attention. Her work is found in collections around the world including Starbucks and other restaurants in Kuwait, Canada and China, hospitals and schools in the USA and package design for such companies as Lindt Chocolate. She grew up in Eastern Canada on her parent’s organic farm and carries an appreciation for nature with her to her current home in Seattle. Her travels take her frequently from the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of the Middle East where she teaches natural dyeing and helped to establish an indigo farm near the Dead Sea.