Papaver Turkenlouis

Oriental Poppy

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Color, texture and contrast! Satiny, deeply-fringed, red-orange petals glow with striking color. Dark purple stamens surround the velvety black seed capsule center. The foliage of Oriental Poppies forms a clump that persists over winter in small tufts. The fascinating attractive seedpods will add a nice touch to dried arrangements. The blossoms are a favorite for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

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Plant Type Perennials

Species orientale

Height Medium 30"

Spacing Plant 18-24" apart

Bloom Time Mid-Spring to Late Spring

Sun / Shade Full Sun

Zones 3-8

Soil Type Normal, Clay

Water Needs Low

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Special Features

  • 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.