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Papaver orientale
Papaver orientale

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Zone
Zones A2, A3, 1-6, 10, 32-45
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Papaver nudicaule

Iceland Poppy
Papaveraceae
Herbs, Perennials

PAPAVER

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.

Iceland poppy
Iceland poppy

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Papaver nudicaule

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.

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