Papaver orientale is also known as Oriental Poppy. It is native to the Caucasus and northern Iran. Papaver orientale is a clump-forming perennial plant. It belongs to the Papaveraceae family of plants.
It has bright green hairy leaves that are finely dissected. The leaves appear in spring to help the plant get enough energy for flowering. They die down after flowering.
Papaver orientale flowers in late spring into summer. It has bright red flowers. Sometimes you come across pink or white varieties. The flowers last a week to ten days. Papaver orientale can grow to 3ft or 90cm tall. The flowers are about 4in or 10cm wide. They have a dark center. The flower produces rather attractive seedpods. Seedpods are sometimes used for flower arrangements. Papaver orientale flowers attract butterflies.
Papaver orientale is easy to grow. Grow Papaver orientale in the sun. Though it does tolerate partial shade. It performs better with at least 6 hours of sun. Use rich and fertile soil somewhat moist but well-drained. Papaver orientale prefers cooler summers but not very humid. Papaver orientale is rabbit-resistant and deer-resistant. It is also drought-tolerant.
They go dormant by end of summer. You can cut them down after the flowers have faded. They are generally pest-free, but watch out for powdery mildew and botrytis. Propagate from division or seed sown after frost and they will self-seed.
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