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Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale 'Queen Alexandra'

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




18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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


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

Binghamton, New York

Dudley, North Carolina

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2005, upstateny from Binghamton, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This poppy is a joy to behold but needs staking to keep it attractive and fairly upright. The color is striking.


On Jun 18, 2005, llebpmac_bob from Zephyr
Canada wrote:

My favorite variety of oriental poppy, much nicer than the strong oranges and reds I usually see. It's a shame that the flowers last such a short time, and that the plants look so scruffy after they finish blooming and then go dormant. In a small garden this is a disadvantage- in a really big bed you just plant something to hide the foliage. Mine usually disappear behind the monarda. Hardy into zone 4 and return reliably for years and years.
I've heard that if you try and dig them up to transplant them you may kill the adult plant but the bits of root you leave behind will grow into new plants but I have never tried this method of increase.