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PlantFiles: Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: orientale (or-ee-en-TAY-lee) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
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:

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

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12 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Garden_Potter 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.

Positive Erutuon 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.

Positive TijerasTess 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.

Positive anelson77 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.

Positive JonthanJ 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.

Positive popgeo On Nov 25, 2008, popgeo from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Impressive flowers . Did well from the first year, all roots did survive transplanting except one.

Starshine, which cultivar is blooming again in fall for you ?

Positive WUVIE 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
spring morning.

Karen Marie

Positive kooger On Aug 24, 2006, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite flowers. The only downside is that they are hard to move. Transplant as very young plants for greater success.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 28, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

My neighbor has these, and though in clay and totally neglected, they come back year after year looking beautiful. I have some planted from seed, but am waiting for them to bloom.

Cool temperatures aid germination of seeds. They resent transplanting.

Positive sue1952 On Apr 14, 2004, sue1952 from Utica, MI wrote:

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.

Positive Weezingreens On Nov 2, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Oriental poppies like our cool, moist climate. they bloom here in mid June, but the foliage stays green all summer, unlike some of the hotter climates.

Positive starshine 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!

Neutral Crimson 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)
Juneau, Alaska
Seward, Alaska
Wasilla, Alaska
Sacramento, California
Aurora, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Ellington, Connecticut
Monroe, Connecticut
Lewes, 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
Wayland, Massachusetts
Coloma, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Lapeer, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Winona, Minnesota
Piedmont, Missouri
Fort Benton, Montana
Blair, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Roswell, New Mexico
Tijeras, New Mexico
Buffalo, New York
Crown Point, New York
Greene, New York
Penn Yan, New York
Pound Ridge, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina (2 reports)
Belfield, North Dakota
Akron, Ohio
Bucyrus, 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
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Desoto, Texas
Hereford, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Bellevue, Washington
Langley, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Port Orchard, Washington
Port Townsend, Washington
Poulsbo, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Sheridan, Wyoming

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