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Perennial Poppies ok for zone 6 ?

Claremore, OK(Zone 6a)

I was at a local garden center here the other day and asked for the oriental or perennial poppies. The man at the center told me they didn't carry them because they wouldn't do well in this area.

IS THAT TRUE ??????? Come to think of it, I haven't seen any in anyone's gardens. But then, I've just recently become aware of them here on DG. So if I had seen them, maybe I didn't notice so much.

Does anyone in zone 6 grow them ? If so, which ones are best performers?


Greenwich, OH

Oriental poppies will grow well for you in your zone.if you find plants at the nursery go ahead and purchase them.You will have poppies that will return every year.They are perennial poppies.

Louisville, KY

They will even proliferate in zone 6 . Just let the seed heads ripen and then treat it like a salt shaker. Shake them out wherever you want more. The seedlings will however revert to the basic orange in a few generations.

During hot summer months they go dormant then in the fall they start to grow again. They will almost disappear during the summer (think daffodils.)

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

And they look like a mass of thistles when coming up in the spring and again in late fall. :) I almost did mine in because I didn't know what I had. :) LOL That was pre-poppy indulgence days..

Claremore, OK(Zone 6a)

That's funny......... pre-poppy indulgence days !

Ok then, I'm going to get some poppy seeds and see what happens.

Any particular varieties that you are fond of ? I'm a newbie here.

What's your favorite ? and why ? Thanks for introducing me to a new 'indulgence' hehe.

From what I've seen, they are so pretty among Irises. I can hardly wait.

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Oh do try some poppies, Even the plain old orange ones are such a welcome sight .
This is from last week ,all but gone now, on to iris and peony.

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Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Peggy, winter-sow your poppies and you'll have a much better chance of germination. Or buy poppy plants now for immediate gratification. :)


Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

I can't stop the things from multiplying! I planted6 of them 2 falls ago and now I have too many! They were supposed to cover my fading daffs and now they are crowding them out. I'd say they do quite well in zone 6.

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