Oriental poppy

Papaver orientale 'Turkenlouis'

Oriental poppy - Papaver orientale  'Turkenlouis'

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

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

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

  • Other features: dried seed-heads are useful for flower arrangements


A single flowered cultivar that forms big bold and brassy bowl-shaped flowers that will stand out like glowing beacons in the early summer garden. Each glorious orangey-red petal is deeply fringed and has a crumpled texture as well as a dark red splotch at its base. These are centred around a boss of deep purple-black stamens. Very dramatic - and needless to say this will be a star of a 'hot' themed border when mixed with other reds, yellows and oranges.

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

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