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Dwarf Pink Poppy, Pale Poppy, Portage Poppy

Papaver alboroseum

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: alboroseum (al-boh-ROH-see-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska

Nome, Alaska

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 1, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Poppy -
The 50 or so annual, biennial or perennial species of the genus Papaver are mainly from the temperate parts of Eurasia and Africa, with a couple from eastern USA. With their characteristic cupped petals and nodding buds turning skywards upon opening, they are popular bedding flowers. Several of their close relatives take their name in common usage, such as the tree Poppy (Romneya), the Californian poppy (Eschscholzia) or the blue poppy (Meconopsis)
Poppies are fully frost hardy and prefer little or no shade and deep, moist, well-drained soil. Sow seed in spring or fall; many species self-seed readily.


On Apr 16, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Origin from ASIAN-NORTH AMERICAN tundra. It makes a rosette of grey-green lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are in a very pale pink, sometimes nearly white and have a bright yellow centre. It prefers to grow on a humus, moist, but in winter drier, semi-shady spot.