Scientific Name: Papaver orientale L.
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: 1-11, 14-21, 30-45
Frost Tolerance: Often grown as winter annual in Phoenix
Heat Tolerance: Dies back in early summer
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Growth Habits: Clump forming perennials, 18 inches to 4 feet tall (45 cm to 1.2 m) depending on the variety
Watering Needs: Regular water, good drainage
Propagation: Seeds, root cuttings after the top has died back
The minicap hybrids are Oriental Poppies bred for the resistance to heat, they are probably more desirable in Phoenix.
The Oriental Poppy likes a moist, well drained, fertile soil. They are sprawling and rather soft-stemmed. The variety with bigger flowers might need support.
The Oriental Poppy generally has single flowers with black center, they come in early summer. As many plants with a milky sap, when used as cut flower, the flower stem should be seared with a flame before putting in water to prevent wilting. The leaves die after blooming, and should come back in late summer, early fall.