Answer: Perennial poppies resent having their roots disturbed so perhaps your plant is pouting, especially if you transplanted it in mid-summer. Cut away the dead foliage and see if it doesn't perk up a bit. By next spring it should be well established and bloom happily for you. Poppies should be dug and replanted only during their dormant season (sort of like sneaking up on them, isn't it??) When the foliage dies back at the end of the season cut it away and mulch over the soil surface to protect the roots during the winter. Remove the mulch when the weather warms up in the spring.
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