This majestic poppy deserves center stage in your garden border. Use as a focal point or massed into blazing swaths of color as a treat for you and for the honeybees in spring and early summer. The 4" flowers' intense red color pairs well with yellow, gold, purple, or blue late-spring-blooming flowers.
• Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
• Family: Papaveraceae
• Native: Asia
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3–8. Short-lived, but no less dramatic, in climates warmer than zone 7.
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 12"–36" wide
• Variety Information: 4" red flowers
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Late spring to early summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked; or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Only fall sowing is recommended.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Does not transplant well. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.
• Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
• Seed Depth: Press into surface
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"