Oriental poppy

Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

Oriental poppy - Papaver orientale  'Patty's Plum'

Common Name: Oriental poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: orientale
Cultivar: 'Patty's Plum'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.70 m (70 cm)

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

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

A really luscious oriental poppy with deep reddish-purple flowers in early summer and bristly grey-green leaves. The silky pleated petals of this popular variety have been compared to the faded silk of antique ball gowns. Although the flowers of all oriental poppies are ephemeral they are easy to grow and each plant will produce several flowers. If cut back after flowering they may even produce a second flush. Plant it in a sunny border as part of a cottage-garden scheme alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials such as dahlias which will provide interest when the plant has died back. 'Patty's Plum' contrasts particularly well with silver foliage plants. It will need staking as it has a tendance to sprawl.

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

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