Common Name: Oriental poppy
Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
Form: upright vase
Plant Type: herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 15” – 3’ x 12 -24”
Origin: Turkey, Iran
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 8
Foliage: hairy silver green dissected lobed foliage that arise from the central crown
Flowers: 4 to 6 inches wide with purple black centres surrounded by large bright red satin-like petals in red, white, orange or pink. Some varieties have double petals.
Fruit: attractive seed pods hold many black seeds
Stems: green, hairy
Exposure: full sun to part shade
Soil: prefers rich, fertile moist soil with good drainage
Uses: garden borders, cottage gardens, cut flower, butterflies, hummingbirds, drought, deer and rabbit resistant.
Propagation: seed, root divisions
Pruning: cut back plant
Problems: must have good drainage or roots will rot, bacterial blight, tarnished plant bugs
Do not like prolonged summer heat and humidity. Benefits from 3 inches of an organic mulch. Long lived perennial. Autumn is the best time to plant.
Once the dramatic flowers have faded so does the plant. Cut back the spent leaves and water, oftentimes the plant will regrow so by the end of fall, it will regrow and pop out a few more of those gorgeous flowers.
Plants tends to flop over with the weight of the huge blossoms if they get too much shade. If you don’t want to move it to a sunnier spot (do so when it is dormant), then support it with a peony or tomato cage.