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Poppy

Papaver spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

60cm

60cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

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    Poppy Overview

    Papaver is a genus comprising almost 100 species of herbaceous flowering plants in the Papaveraceae family native to temperate and cold regions of North America, Africa and Eurasia. They can be annual, biennial or perennial and have simple or finely divided leaves and open cup-shaped 4-petalled flowers that are usually short-lived and are followed by a seed capsule. Members of the genus have long been cultivated as ornamentals and there are many hybrids available, developed to have a variety of flower colours and forms. This genus includes Opium Poppies, grown for their pharmaceutical alkaloids, and the Common Field Poppy that has come to symbolise the sacrifices of the First World War.

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    How to propagate Poppy

    Seed

    Propagate by seed in autumn or spring. Self seeds readily.

    Cuttings

    P.orientale and its cultivators are best propagated by root cuttings in winter.

    Other uses of Poppy

    Grown for their cup-shaped flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

    Deer Resistant Plants

    Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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    Poisonous to Pets

    If your pet likes to nibble your plants, check our collection to make sure what they're eating isn't doing them any harm.

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