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Oriental Poppy

Papaver orientale

Also known as


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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Oriental Poppy Overview

These clump-forming, deciduous perennials have lance-shaped, deeply toothed leaves that are bristly to touch and grey-green in colour. In late spring and early summer they produce large flowers that are mostly pink but there are lots of cultivars in a many different colours. Add well-rotted organic matter to clay soil prior to planting for best results.

Common problems with Oriental Poppy

How to harvest Oriental Poppy

generally not harvested.

How to propagate Oriental Poppy


Collect seed when ripe and scatter directly where you would like themto flower next year, or store to sow in Spring.

Special features of Oriental Poppy

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Oriental Poppy

This plant suits being grown in cottage or informal gardens but also wildflower areas and gravel or rock gardens.

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