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Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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
This is a beautiful plant, but here in southeastern Iowa it's generally too hot for it to flourish. I've discovered a couple of little places (microclimates) in my garden where they'll grow and reseed from year to year, but it's a chancy thing. Here they need shade during the hottest part of the day, and well-drained soil. The reseeded plants aren't the same color as their parents.
On Jun 26, 2006, maalfred from Rockwood, MI wrote:
I bought this plant on a whim and it is now my very favorite. It hasn't quit blooming since I got it. It's blooms are orange, peach, yellow and cream. My very favorite, though, are the ones that are bright yellow with orange along the edges of the petals. I haven't taken any special care of it. I just water it regularly and remove the spent blooms.
On Jun 23, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
This poppy loves full sun but not extreme heat. Moderate water and well drained soil, along with frequent deadheading will ensure vigorous, showy blooms in creamy white, salmon, coral, and oranges blooming from January through late April in Zone 10a. Plant will begin to slow down as summer temperatures rise. Leave last burst of blooms on their stalks to set seed to sow in Fall. Despite it's delicate appearance it is quite resistant to pests and disease. Remove dead leaves from base of plant as needed. Transplants easily.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bear Creek, Alaska Huntington Beach, California Lake Forest, California Richmond, California San Leandro, California Gainesville, Florida Dearborn Heights, Michigan Gibraltar, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Carson City, Nevada Reno, Nevada West Islip, New York Silver Lake, North Carolina Rockcreek, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Brittany Farms-highlands, Pennsylvania Sterling, Virginia