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Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere'

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: orientale (or-ee-en-TAY-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Beauty of Livermere
Additional cultivar information:(aka Beauty of Livermore)
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Knightstown, Indiana

Fenton, Michigan

Hemlock, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Nashua, New Hampshire

Angel Fire, New Mexico

Hilton, New York

Dallas, Oregon

Walterville, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Lake Forest Park, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 28, 2010, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

The name of this cultivar has been typographically confused between Livermere (in England) and Livermore. I have tried it and it does not thrive here in Livermore California. My attempts of growing Oriental Poppies -- that are so spectacular in climates with cold winters --have not been successful. My plants were weak and the flowers that did form bloomed within the foliage mass, not on stately stems as shown in the photos. My plants lived for a couple of years and then departed. Maybe someone on the site knows how to grow these lovely plants in climates with mild winters.

Positive

On Jul 13, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have a peach colored one I have had for two years now..