• Danish Flag Poppy with leaves

  • Danish Flag Poppy from below

  • Stem of Danish Flag Poppy

  • Danish Flag Poppy opening

  • Danish Flag Poppy opened

  • Seed pod of Danish Flag Poppy

Poppy – Danish Flag

The Danish flag poppy is a beautiful flower. Early in spring, I bought a 4-inch port with small leaves and a promise of a poppy that looks like the Danish flag. Many weeks later, this plant is getting taller and taller and the leaves are larger and larger. I had lost the plant tag so I did not even know it was a poppy.


Finally these large drooping flower heads form. They split open to reveal the flower. The next morning the flower straightens up and blooms.



After the bloom, the poppy forms a seed pod. A rather distinctive seed pod. In fact, the only time I had ever seen that pod was in photos from Afghanistan.


Feathered Poppy, Fringed Poppy (Laciniatum Group), Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’


Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)

Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)

Species: somniferum (som-NEE-fer-um) (Info)

Cultivar: Danish Flag

Additional cultivar information: (aka Danebrog, Danebrog Laced)


Synonym:Papaver laciniatum

Synonym:Papaver somniferum var. laciniatum






24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)



12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)



Not Applicable


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested


Bloom Color:


White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall






Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season


Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)


Patent Information:

Unknown – Tell us


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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