Garden Poppies / Papaver

papaver (300x294)Papaver orientale ‘Prince of Orange’ – Like most Oriental Poppies, ‘Prince of Orange’ bears huge (4-5″ wide) satiny blooms. These deep orange flowers have a sharply contrasting purplish-black eye and are borne from May to July. When designing, keep in mind that Oriental Poppies go summer dormant after flowering. Grows 30″ high. Hardy to zone 3.

papavergardengnome (297x300)Papaver nudicaule ‘Garden Gnome’ (syn. ‘Kobold’) – This Iceland Poppy is a mixed colour strain of white, yellow, orange and scarlet flowers (about 2″ wide) that bloom from May to October (heaviest blooming in spring) with deadheading. Iceland Poppy is often biennial in nature but self-seeds. The greyish-green foliage forms an attractive mound. Grows 10-14″ high by 12-16″. Zone 2.

papaverchampagnebubbles (290x300)Papaver nudicaule ‘Champagne Bubbles’ – Another mixed colour strain of Iceland Poppy with variable blooms of pink, white, scarlet, orange or yellow – usually borne May through July (with sporadic flowering afterwards). Like most Iceland Poppies it prefers a full sun exposure with sharp soil drainage. ‘Champagne Bubbles’ is easily grown from seed. Grows 10-12″ high by 12″. Zone 2.

pap (300x296)Papaver rupifragum ‘Flore Pleno’ (syn. ‘Orange Feathers’) – This native of the cliffs of Sierra de Grazalema in southern Spain often self-seeds (new plants don’t always have double flowers). ‘Flore Pleno’ bears papery clear orange double blooms in summer. A good perennial to grow near the vegetable garden to attract pollinators. Grows 18″ high by 8″ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

papbeautyoflivermore (300x293)Papaver orientale Goliath Group ‘Beauty of Livermere’ (syn. ‘Beauty of Livermore’) – This Oriental Poppy bears large scarlet-orange blooms (4-6″ wide) from May to July with a contrasting purplish-black center. Prefers fertile soils with even moisture and a full sun exposure. The hairy mid green foliage somewhat resembles thistle. Grows 2-3′ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 3.

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One Response to Garden Poppies / Papaver

  1. These are beautiful choices. Do you have a mail order source from which I could purchase them?
    None of the nurseries around here carry anything but Iceland Poppies.

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