A traditional favorite in the summertime landscape, exotic poppies feature delicate, crepe-paperlike petals that surround dark centers. Our mix was specially selected to include a range of colors in shades of orange, white, red, purple or pink. Each 4-6″, cup-shaped flower stands tall on 24-36″ stems that have a bristled, hairy texture and leaves that form a nice rosette at the base. Their somewhat ethereal look makes them a nice complement to shorter, more substantial perennials such as creeping phlox. Poppies are long lived if left undisturbed. For best results, plant in a full-sun spot with well-drained soil. They have very long roots, so a deep hole is required. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Papaver orientalis mix
Height: 24 – 36 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Light Required:Full Sun
Color: Orange, Red, Pink, White, or Purple, depending on variety.
Blooms: Late Spring
Flower Form: Showy, 4-6″ across with crepe paper like petals.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil. Dislikes wet soil.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Pruning: Remove spent foliage after they go summer dormant.
Foliage: Pinnatisect leaves up to 12″ long with toothed edges and bristly hairy stems and leaves.