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Papaver orientale Snow Goose


Oriental Poppy

Unusual white flowers

The bowl shaped, ruffled blooms on this sturdy Poppy are pure white with purple markings at the base of the petals. The flowers contrast well with silver-grey leaves and this is a great choice for a cottage garden or teamed with grasses for a contemporary look.


Happiest in a sunny spot where this plant is very easy to grow.


Needs a well-drained soil. Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Prune the plant to the ground after flowering to encourage new clumps of the handsome 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

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 610 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 510 cm - 600 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 710 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September