Oriental poppies are one of the darlings of the perennial garden. Their large, showy flowers herald the beginning of the summer flower season. An outstanding new variety is causing a stir in Europe and North America. 'Patty's Plum' oriental poppy (Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum') features large, 6-inch-diameter plum-colored flowers with a blackberry center and red and gold rings inside. The flowers have the consistency of crepe paper, and the color is unusual for oriental poppies. The flowers are eye-catching even at a distance of 100 feet.
The large flowers stand about 3 feet tall, and the plant is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8. It grows best in full sun in well-drained soil.
For more on 'Patty's Plum' oriental poppy, go to: Wayside Gardens.
Article published on May 10, 2006.