Papaver orientale Little Dancing Girl

Oriental Poppy

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Plant Code: PALD

A softer color and shorter stature for an Oriental Poppy; the shell-pink satiny flowers add a delicate touch. A flouncy double layer of petals, each imprinted with a distinct dark burgundy splotch will blend well with bolder hues. Tidy, compact and easy to grow. In addition to its dreamy color, Papaver Little Dancing Girl showcases dark purple stamens that surround the velvety black seed capsule center. It is no wonder Poppies are favorite subjects for artists. The foliage of Oriental Poppies tends to go dormant in the hot summer months but will return with cooler temperatures and persist over the winter. The fascinating attractive seedpods will add a nice touch to dried arrangements. The blossoms are a favorite for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 16-20"
Spacing: Plant 12-15" apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Spring to Late Spring
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 3-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Pink
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds

Papaver General Information

Papaver are breath-taking with their bright shades of reds, pinks, oranges and whites. Robust clumps of ferny foliage support stems of translucent delicate blossoms. Deer resistant and long lived. Poppy flowers resemble silky crepe paper - they are garden stars of the springtime! Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Papaver Plant Care

Prefers loose soil with excellent drainage and can tolerate sandy or rocky soils. Avoid overly rich soils. Division is difficult due to a long taproot. Blooms profusely under cool growing conditions. May go dormant in hot summers. Shear spent flowers to prevent seed set. Cut back after flowering to extend individual plant life. Self seeds freely. When foliage declines, around end of July, pull by hand or cut down foliage, new leaves in late summer/fall should be left for winter.