Oriental poppy

Papaver orientale 'Karine'

Oriental poppy - Papaver orientale  'Karine'

Common Name: Oriental poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: orientale
Cultivar: 'Karine'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

An elegant oriental poppy which produces delicate pink flowers with deep purple centres in early summer above bristly grey-green leaves. The silky tissue-paper petals of this oriental poppy are smaller and look crisper than many other varieties and because it is low-growing it can be planted in drifts towards the front of a sunny border. Vigorous and easy to grow the pale papery flowers contrast especially well with purple foliage plants such as Heuchera. Try it alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials such as dahlias which will provide interest when the plant has died back.

  • Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.

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