Oriental poppy

Papaver orientale 'Perry's White'

Oriental poppy - Papaver orientale  'Perry's White'

Common Name: Oriental poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: orientale
Cultivar: 'Perry's White'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

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

Crisp white flowers in early summer with a dark centre and downy mid green leaves. The purple blotches on each delicate crepey petal gradually fade to white. 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.

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


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