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Originally raised in the 1880's by the Reverend William Wilks in his garden in Shirley near Croydon in Surrey, this whole remarkable race comes from one solitary flower he spotted in a waste corner among a patch of the common scarlet Field Poppies which had a very narrow edge of white.
The flowers range in colour from white through to lilac, pink and red.
Wait until the seed pod turns brown on the plant and the stalks turn yellow. When openings appear below the crown of the pod cut the pods and place face down in a paper bag to dry for about 3 weeks.
Once dry, pick up the stems and tap onto the sides of a bowl to release the seeds.
Store in an airtight container.