Papaver orientale

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Oriental poppies are unique as they have ENORMOUS flowers and leaves, and flower are held on 3' tall, very strong stems!

Plants live eternally, throughout the years, and do not need to be replanted. This red poppy is hardy as cold as zone 4. Consider planting it with blue or purple lupins, for bold colors, and the plants bloom at the same time in late spring and early summer. Oriental poppies have fern-like foliage.

Type: Perennial, will return each year without replanting

Height: 36"

Location: Full sun

Hardiness zones: 4-9

Bloom time: Late spring and early summer.

Note: This plant species is known to have toxicity. Ingestion of these seeds or this plant can cause illness such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Seeds per pack: 30

Germination: Some people think poppies are difficult to grow from seed, but there is one basic rule. Poppy seeds are tiny and must be sown on the surface of the soil or compost, then light must be excluded in order for them to germinate. Scatter seeds on the top of compacted compost and water in well. Cover the pots with a folded newspaper. After two weeks, check daily for signs of germination. At 55°F or above, oriental poppy seeds should germinate in three to four weeks.

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