Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'
Sunset zones: 1-17.
USDA zones: 4-9
Height: 18-36 inches (45-90 cm).
Width: 24-36 inches (60-90 cm).
Late spring to midsummer.
Very large flowers up to 8 inches across cup shaped and the color of scarlett.
Hairy green leaves.
Deep, humus rich and fertile, well-drained soil.
I feed a complete organic fertilizer in spring and side dress with compost and mulch, when new foliage appears in the fall.
Divide in spring | Root cuttings in late Autumn.
Rainy Side Notes
Oriental poppies go dormant in summer, so it is important to fill in the gaps with annuals or perennials that will fill in where the poppies leave gaps in the landscape.
Photographed in author's garden.