Oriental poppy

Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'

Oriental poppy - Papaver orientale  'Beauty of Livermere'

Common Name: Oriental poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: orientale
Cultivar: 'Beauty of Livermere'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Black, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A really exuberant oriental poppy with sumptuous large pillar-box red flowers in early summer and downy mid green leaves. The silky tissue-paper petals of this tall strong-stemmed poppy are splashed with black and each flower has a dark velvety centre. Although the flowers of all oriental poppies are ephemeral they are easy to grow, bring a zing to any planting scheme and each plant will produce several flowers. If cut back after flowering they may even produce a second flush. Plant in a sunny border alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials such as dahlias which will provide interest when the plant has died back.

Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.


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