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I'm planning on including breadbox poppies in my garden, but I haven't been able to find much information on what they grow well with, and what plants they should be kept away from. What are some suggestions based on your own experiences?
 
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BUMPING this thread! My husband saved a bunch of poppy seeds, and now I'm trying to figure out where to put them. These things like to spread like fire, right? I read they attract pollinators, but I don't know anything else about their strengths as a companion/guild plant. Would they be good under my fruit trees, or would they do better tucked next to my veggie garden, or strewn randomly in my lawn in zone 3 or 4?

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There are annual and perennial poppies... Breadbox poppies are an annual species. I grow them as an annual in my vegetable garden, so I can't offer insight regarding an annual poppy guild. Annual poppies die easily when young, so they are not weedy in my garden. (Now watch, just cause I said that, I'll have a tremendous problem with them this year...) In the badlands around here, grass and perennial poppies grow together. The poppies that I have seen grow 2 to 3 feet tall. I don't envision them out-competing established fruit trees.  
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Annual poppies.
 
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Speaking from observations as a kid when poppies were still common in fields, I would say grains (wheat, barley etc.) and bachelor buttons. Looks stunning too!
 
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Are these bread seed poppies (P. somniferum)? There are some awesome recipes. I think it is forbidden to plant here.
 
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