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Papaver orientale ‘Harlem’ (Oriental Poppy)

Oriental Poppy 'Harlem', Poppy 'Harlem'

Papaver Orientale 'Harlem', Oriental Poppy 'Harlem', Pink Poppy, Pink Flower, Pink Papaver, Pink Orientale Poppy

Noted for its long bloom season, Oriental Poppy ‘Harlem’ (Papaver orientale) features large, double, ruffled, crepe papery, burgundy-rose flowers with dark purple eyes and black splotches at their base. Planted in small groups, its bold blossoms will give a color punch to your borders and draw attention from late spring to early summer. ‘Harlem’ is a reblooming poppy and will experience a second flush of blooms later in the season. A superb perennial plant for twice the pleasure in the garden! 

  • Growing in clumps up to 28 in. tall (70 cm) and spreading 18-20 in. (45-50 cm), the flowers rise on long stalks clad with thistle-like, silvery-green leaves.
  • Prefers full sun to very light shade and enjoys rich, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Average garden soils are acceptable as long as drainage is good. This plant doesn’t respond well to high summer heat and humidity. Mulch in winter until well established.
  • Easy to grow, long-lived, and virtually care-free, it is also deer and rabbit tolerant.
  • Perfect for borders and beds, rock gardens, and cottage gardens. This plant goes dormant after flowering. Combining it with Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata), Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), or Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum x superbum) is a superb way of filling the gaps left by the dormant poppies.
  • The seedpods that follow the fading flowers are also quite attractive and can be used in dried flower arrangements, or left in the garden for the visual interest they bring.
  • This Oriental Poppy may be grown from seed and tends to self-seed in the garden.
  • The best time to plant poppies is in the fall. Container-grown plants can be planted in spring.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Papaver
Common names Poppy, Oriental Poppy
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained, Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Schwarzer Drachen’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver bracteatum (Great Scarlet Poppy)
Papaver somniferum ‘Drama Queen’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver somniferum ‘Blue Moon’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Candy Floss’ (Opium Poppy)
Papaver somniferum (Paeoniiflorum Group) ‘Black Paeony’ (Opium Poppy)

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Iris ‘Queen’s Circle’ (Bearded Iris)
Salvia nemorosa ‘Ostfriesland’ (Sage)
Lupinus ‘The Governor’ (Lupine)
Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Papaveraceae
Genus Papaver
Common names Poppy, Oriental Poppy
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained, Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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