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Papaver orientale Carneum


Oriental Poppy

Perfect for a sunny spot

Stunning salmon-pink blooms are a highlight in a cottage garden at midsummer but this plant is equally at home teamed with grasses and other plants for a more contemporary look. Handsome green leaves make a solid clump when the plant is not in flower and add texture and interest.


Happiest in full sun in the middle of a border where the plant will live for many years.


Easy to grow in well drained soil. Add some coarse grit or sand to the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy or wet in winter. Cut the plant to the ground after flowering to encourage new leaves.

Oriental Poppies can be 'summer dormant' which means that they will die back through the summer after they have flowered. Cutting the plants back once the blooms have faded can help but don't worry if your plant takes a breather until the following spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 70 cm - 90 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Rock garden, Gravel garden, Garden edging, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September