It produces many beautiful clear blooms which appear in early summer and continue through into summer. Its abundant leaves are healthy , smooth grey-green, and they are slightly different in form from other somniferums, and the plant seems to be a bit more resistant to poppy fungus which attacks some of the other somniferums.
It is best treated as an annual though has been known to survive Auckland winters. As with all somniferums it produces abundant seed and left to self-seed, you will get a series of flowering plants throughout the summer and on into the late autumn – at least in northern areas of New Zealand. If you are an admirer of poppies, this one is one of the plants that you will love and must have, and you will not be able to find another poppy which is as beautiful nor as easy care as this one. Bees love these also.