Perhaps one of the most unusual, Oriental Poppy 'Patty's Plum' (Papaver orientale) features soft plum, crepe papery, cup-shaped flowers with dark blotches at their bases and a boss of dark purple center stamens. Planted in small groups, its bold blossoms will give a color punch to your borders and draw the attention from late spring to early summer!
- Growing in clumps up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and spreading 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), the flowers are generally 4-6 in. wide (10-15 cm) and rise on long stalks clad with thistle-like, silvery-green leaves that fade soon after blooming.
- 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, cottage gardens. This plant goes dormant after flowering. Combine it with Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata), Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum x superbum) or Boltonia as 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.