Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale) in the Poppies Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12-14 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: very long tap root
Pollinators: Self
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn SmithGarden Tours: Valleylynn, Lynn Smith
By Sharon on November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Jun 18, 2014 9:44 AM

Can become floppy, but regular deadheading will normally keep them upright. After bloom, the foliage turns yellow/brown and dies back. At this point, I cut the entire plant back hard. I will often then get a second low flush of foliage only. Does not self-seed aggressively in my PNW garden, just some extra seedlings at the foot of the mature plants, easy enough to control (or allow your clump to expand depending on your needs).

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Oct 27, 2011 5:37 PM

These flowers disappear after blooming, leaving a bare place in the garden; I plant annuals in the same space.
The last few years it has been balsam (impatiens balsamin); they self sow and grow and flower after the poppies are gone.

I have found early spring transplanting to be the best, however they ''appear'' to die; mark the spot, they almost always return the next year.

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Posted by threegardeners (Brockville, Ontario, Canada - Zone 5a) on Oct 27, 2011 6:22 PM

Zone 5a, Ontario, Canada

These can be slightly invasive...they do not stay where you put them and will self seed like crazy. Hard to eradicate if you decide you don't want them. My Mom has been trying to get rid of mine for years with no success :))

They are beautiful though.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 16, 2012 12:40 PM

Valuable source of pollen for honey bees.

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milk jug, cool spot in sun room, 12 groups of seeds from Aunt Margrett's fringed orange poppies (stem collected May 2016). No germination.
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