Spanish Poppy
Papaver rupifragum

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: rupifragum (roo-py-FRAG-um) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Orange

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Barbourville, Kentucky

Andover, New Hampshire

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 21, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Very long season of bloom. After a strong burst of flowers in June, it produces a trickle of flowers till late fall. The foliage can look ragged in the summer, and cutting back can help it generate more flowers and foliage.

Performs well under crowded border conditions, which also helps conceal the foliage.

Synonym: Papaver atlanticum.

Positive

On Jan 19, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This a cheery little poppy from southern Spain where it grows wild in crevices of the limestone cliffs. It's easily grown from seed and blooms throughout the summer bearing orange, 2-inch blooms with delicate, crimped petals. Self sown seedlings can be dug and moved while small but the larger plants resent transplanting and root disturbance.