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Papaver orientale - 'Patty May' (Papaver, Poppy)

Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer early), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Papaver orientale Description

This perennial poppy produces a clump of lance shaped foliage, followed by masses of double salmon - pink flowers in May - June.

Papaver orientale - Cultivation Notes

Perennial poppy prefers a sheltered position in full sun, flourishing on any well drained, fertile garden soil including relatively chalky soils. After flowering cut back foliage to encourage a new flush of attractive leaves for late summer. Divide in autumn / spring every 3 -5 years and mulch occasionally in winter to feed.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Papaver orientale:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Papaver orientale:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
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Common Missspellings: Papiver, Paperver, Paparver, Papever, Papivear