Papaver orientale

Oriental poppy

Tough hairy stems rise above the mounds of deeply toothed foliage in June. Each bears a large, fuzzy, drooping bud that slowly splits to reveal the bloom, tucked and pleated like a parachute and opening to form a large bowl of shimmering colour.

Height:45 - 90 cm (18 - 36 in)
Spread:45 - 60 cm (18 - 24 in)
  • Full sun
Colour:Orange, white, pink, red
Waterwise:No, average
Bloom Time:
  • Early Summer
  • Late Spring
Plant Type:Perennial
Soil Moisture:
  • Average
Card Type:Plant
Plant Uses:
  • Border
  • Cut Flower
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit resistant
Photo Credit:Ann Van de Reep
Recommended:'Double Pleasure'

Foliage dies down after flowering, so plant Oriental poppies next to something that will fill in the resulting gap. Divide old plants that seem crowded or fail to bloom well in August when they are dormant.

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