Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Flower Color: Burgundy rose
Foliage Type: Leaves and stems are rough and hairy. Leaves are deeply lobed and dissected.
Bloom time: June, Sept.
Height: 28 inches
Spread: 12-15 inches
Light requirements: Full sun
Plant depth: two inches of soil over root crown
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Oriental poppies are rarely planted in containers and perform much better in the garden. For best results grow in a well-drained soil, as plants will not tolerate wet soils in winter, which can rot the fleshy tap roots and crowns. They’re happy in alkaline, acid or neutral soil. Plant in full sun (at least 8 hours) for optimal blooms.
Oriental poppies hold their large flowers on strong hairy stems. However, they may need the help of a plant support to keep them upright. A poppy flower will last for about 10 days but plants will have a second flush of flowers if they’re cut back. Allow oriental poppies to set seed and the plant will not have enough energy to produce more flowers.
Once poppy flowers have gone over the foliage also dies back. The foliage will have a second lease of life in August. Plant poppies alongside low-growing perennials that will fill the gap in July when the foliage dies back. Plants should be cut right back to ground level in autumn.
Planted immediately right next to my other poppies. And NOTHING! Did not even give me leaves!
I still can't plant them here in Wisconsin we have snow and have so much frost in the ground there is no where to plant them. I hope they keep until I get them planted.