These are magnets for bees in spring! At times there will be six bees to a flower collecting pollen to bring back to their hive. Swallowtail butterflies also occasionally nectar on them.
This is a mixed strain that we collect every year. About a decade ago it started with Hungarian Blue Breadseed poppy, then we added a dark red variety into the mix. So, the strain isn't "pure" per se, but it's continuing to move into a dark purple color as we selectively harvest seed each year.
Poppies are tough plants! We usually surface sow seeds each January, sprinkling onto the frozen ground. Nearly every seed germinates by February, and they are thinned out in March.
Planting and Thinning: Prepare an area, sprinkle seeds across the surface, water lightly and keep moist. Thin as needed to give each plant about six inches space in all directions.
Collecting Seed: After the flowers have all dried up and the pod is brown, sections at the top of the pod will open up and allow the seeds inside to dry. Once shaking the pod lightly sounds like a "rattle" from the dried seeds inside, save the seeds in a bag for sharing. These plants will easily reseed themselves without help :)