Hardiness: USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 °C (-50 °F) USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 °C (-45 °F) USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) 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: Full Sun
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pink Red Orange White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball 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
On Jun 1, 2012, Garden_Potter from Olympia, WA wrote:
My sister in Spokane WA gave me this poppy which I have planted in my garden in Olympia WA. It's growing well but shortly after it starts to bloom it rains and the leaves start turning black and curling up. Last year I removed the affected leaves as soon as I noticed them and cut the plant back to the ground once it quit blooming. It's doing the same thing again this year. I will try making a waterproof cover above it but would appreciate any better suggestions. It's one of my favorite plants so I don't want to lose it.
On Apr 12, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:
I planted oriental poppy two springs ago (2009) when I dug a small new garden plot in our lawn. I dug the bed deep and watered it consistently, which must be good, since last summer it didn't even go dormant. This spring it has many crowns that are competing for space above ground.
On Jun 11, 2009, TijerasTess from Tijeras, NM (Zone 6a) wrote:
The most gorgeous oriental poppy is growing in our rock driveway; startling red, papery flowers with yellow centers. And, no, I didn't plant it there. I did plant some seeds in an adjacent flowerbed but none of those have made an appearance. (I'm finding that at 7500 feet, lots of things I plant from seed don't seem to show up till the following year--delightful little surprises!)
I'll be collecting the seed pods as they ripen, and trying to transplant this one after the other 12-13 buds open and fade.
On May 12, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:
I wouldn't do without these. They have a short, marvellous bloom season in mid June. Huge, crepe papery red petals with black blotches. I also have some white ones with purple blotches. In July the foliage dries up. It is good to have late blooming perennials or annuals nearby, like asters, to fill in the gap. Later when it is cool again, a foliage clump appears and overwinters.
They grow in full or part sun, good or poor soil, need moderate water in spring but none in summer. They reseed, but not too much. The seedlings dont transplant well.
On Feb 9, 2009, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:
There are two seriously different kinds of Oriental Poppies in American gardens. Most varieties are clumpers that have deep taproots and require good drainage and deep soils. A much smaller group of varieties is made up of turfers that spread through the top foot of even clay loam soils by means of stolons. As you might expect this second group survives conditions that kill the members of the first group pretty quickly. The most common of the turfers is an orange double, with no dark blotch at the base of the petal and a relatively small seed pod, that is frequently seen in Indiana as a broad bed of some considerable age. Plants that my Aunt Pearl set out in the 1950's continue to bloom. Later someone gave my mother a more attractive variety that bears single blossoms of a more intense coloring.
On Mar 25, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
While it took me a couple of years to figure out
I was transplanting poppies instead of lettuce, once I
got it straight, the poppies began coming.
They don't care much for transplanting, so they are best
grown where they are sown.
Gorgeous poppies appear in spring and though the
show is grand, it is rather short. Soon you are left
with a stand of ugly, nevertheless necessary stand
of dried pods, which make for an interesting arrangement.
Toss the poppy seeds or pods into the refrigerator
until fall and then combine the seeds with sand for
easy distribution in your garden for next year's blooms.
I plant more poppies every year and am always anxious
to see that first little light green growth in the soil on a cool
In SE Michigan - Needs full sun - will bloom in June - die back totally and then start back up in the fall - this is a good time to take a division. Starts growing well in Spring. So beautiful when it blooms - people notice the beauty and comment all the time.
On Aug 1, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:
This flower also blooms again in the fall. I like the surprise setting, when everything is calming down and getting ready for winter, here is this amazing dinner plate sized flower bursting up with colour!
On Oct 27, 2001, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:
Large, silky flowers feature black blotches at the base of each petal. Plants bloom profusely in May and June, the year after the seed is sown. Foliage dies back in midsummer, reappears in fall or the following spring.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (3 reports) Bear Creek, Alaska Juneau, Alaska Wasilla, Alaska Sacramento, California Aurora, Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Federal Heights, Colorado Grand Junction, Colorado Longmont, Colorado Steamboat Springs, Colorado Crystal Lake, Connecticut Monroe, Connecticut Highland Acres, Delaware Nampa, Idaho Glen Ellyn, Illinois Mackinaw, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Sandwich, Illinois Thomasboro, Illinois Logansport, Indiana Macy, Indiana Council Bluffs, Iowa Inwood, Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Cochituate, Massachusetts Coloma, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Lapeer, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Goodview, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Piedmont, Missouri Fort Benton, Montana Blair, Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska Auburn, New Hampshire Chilili, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Buffalo, New York Crown Point, New York Greene, New York Penn Yan, New York Scotts Corners, New York Winston-salem, North Carolina (2 reports) Belfield, North Dakota Bucyrus, Ohio Montrose-ghent, Ohio Oak Hill, Ohio Reynoldsburg, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Ashland, Oregon Bend, Oregon Dallas, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Klamath Falls, Oregon Lake Oswego, Oregon Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Mckeesport, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina India Hook, South Carolina Desoto, Texas Hereford, Texas North Richland Hills, Texas Eastgate, Washington Edgewood, Washington Langley, Washington Millwood, Washington Olympia, Washington Port Orchard, Washington Port Townsend, Washington Poulsbo, Washington Seattle, Washington Tacoma, Washington Ellsworth, Wisconsin Cheyenne, Wyoming Sheridan, Wyoming