The Poppy or Papaver Orientale showy flowers appear for at most a week or two. In late spring or early summer in gorgeous shades of red, pink, orange, and salmon as well as white. They’re borne on stems 2 ½ -3 feet high above foliage that looks alas, quite messy as summer wears on and then disappears.
Papaver Orientale can be grown in a bed by themselves or tucked in among later blooming plants. Who’s foliage will fill in and hide that of the poppies. There are several varieties to choose from, including the pink “Helen Elizabeth”, “Barr’s White” and “Carmine”, which is red with black markings. The “Minicap” series will do better than most in hot climates.
Do we know you want to know how to grow Papaver Orientale? Poppies are planted in late summer or early fall. They rarely need division, and propagation is best done by taking root cuttings several inches long.
Papaver Orientale prefers the sun, except in hot climates where some light shade is best during the hot part of the day. They are not fussy about soil, but poor drainage will cause them to rot, especially during the winter. Mulching should be avoided for the same reason.