Poppies provide gay spring and summer color for borders, containers, and bouquets. Give ordinary, well-drained soil, feed lightly until established. Perennial species tend to be short lived. When using poppies as cut flowers, sear cut stem ends in a flame before placing them in water.
Grown as annual in Zones 7–9, 12–24. Native to subarctic regions. Coarsely hairy, blue-green, divided leaves make basal rosettes 6 in. wide. Hairy, 1–2-ft. stalks bear cup-shaped, slightly fragrant flowers to 3 in. across, in yellow, orange, salmon, rose, pink, cream, white. In coldwinter areas, sow seed in earliest spring for summer bloom; or set out plants in fall for bloom the following year. In mild-winter climates, set out plants in fall for winter and early spring bloom. To prolong flowering, pick flowers freely.
Native to the mountains of central Europe. Grows extremely slowly to 50–70 ft. or taller, 20&ndash
Grown as annual in Zones 7–9, 12–24. Native to subarctic regions. Coarsely hairy, blue-gre...
Native to western Canada and mountainous parts of western U.S. To 15–20 ft. tall, spreading by r...