Oriental Poppy - (Papaver Orientale) Red Poppies Flower

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Oriental Poppy - (Papaver Orientale) Red Poppies Flower


Height 12-18 in

The Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale) is a stunning perennial plant known for its vibrant and large, bowl-shaped flowers. These eye-catching blooms come in a variety of colors, including shades of red, orange, pink, and sometimes even white. The petals are often delicately textured and can reach up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) in diameter.

The foliage of the Oriental poppy is typically coarse and deeply lobed, forming a basal rosette of leaves. The plant can grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters), with sturdy stems that support the striking flowers during the late spring to early summer blooming season.

These poppies are known for their ability to add a burst of color to gardens and are often used in perennial borders or as focal points in flower beds. They require well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight to thrive. After their blooming period, the plants usually go dormant in the summer, with the leaves dying back, but they tend to reemerge in the following spring, creating a beautiful cycle of seasonal color. Oriental poppies are a favorite among gardeners for their dazzling display of vivid hues and unique charm.

If planted in the fall, poppies bloom typically 55 days after seeding, and will be the first flowers in bloom the following spring, or plant in the spring for summer blooms. Poppies grow 12 to 18 in tall and wide. This variety is a short-lived perennial, and treated as a hardy and drought tolerant annual. This variety self sows readily year after year, and establishes itself well along dry garden edges, rock gardens and gravel areas where little else grows.

  • Full sun
  • Well draining dry to moist soil.
  • Sow seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost or sow directly after the last frost has passed; sow 5 mm (¼”) deep, spaced 20-25 cm (8-10″) apart. Seeds sprout typically in 14 to 21 days.
  • Deadhead regularly if you do  not want it to self seed.
  • Deer resistant and perfect for xeriscaping. 
  • Seed Count: 50