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Including Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’, Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermere’, and Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’

Papaver

Poppy

Wielded by man since prehistoric times, Poppies have long been associated with sleep and oblivion, and after the First World War, the Flower of Forgetfulness ironically evolved into a symbol for remembrance. Generally distinguished by nodding buds, solitary fleeting flowers gracing long stems, and decorative seed heads, these sun-lovers appreciate a lean, well drained and somewhat dry position.


Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’  full sun
Orange Feather/Moroccan Poppy
Papaver atlanticum Flore Pleno

Once you witness the sheer crepe paper-thin orange blooms nodding on tall lanky stems above a bluish green rosette, you‘ll see why its common name is so apropos. An applauded brilliantly colored perennial at Chanticleer’s famed ‘ruin and gravel garden’, Orange Feathers resists deer, tolerates drought, loves good drainage plus makes a self-sowing carefree addition to a cottage garden, rockery, stone wall or even a cut arrangement.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’ (P-1890)
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Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermere’  full sun

For the adventuresome gardener and not the faint-at-heart, this flamboyant beauty seduces us with her gorgeous oxblood red flowers. Marked by an ebony blotch at each base, the overlapping, crepe-paperlike petals gather around velvety jet black centers while lounging on tall sturdy stems. A restful counterpoint to the large hot-headed blooms, the bushy bluish green bed of pinnately lobed, toothed and hairy foliage requires a hard cut after blooming, winter chill, good air circulation and drainage, and a massed planting for best effect.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermere’ (P-0986)
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Papaver orientale ‘Harlem’  full sun

The successful outcome of Elinor de Konig’s Dutch breeding program, this relatively new Papaver promotes two distinctive attributes: late summer repeat bloom and a more heat resistant foundation. The huge rosy burgundy-hued flowers are described by voluptuous layers of dark ruffled petals and raven black button-like centers. Lounging on strong stems plus blue-green leaves that don’t sulk when summer arrives, the upturned papery blooms can be combined with Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ for a tantalizing duo.

Blooms June & August

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Papaver orientale ‘Harlem’ (P-1851)
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Papaver orientale ‘Marlene’  full sun

Lending a decidedly feminine flair to any herbaceous planting, ‘Marlene’ parades layered chiffonlike petals imbued with a sumptuous shade that falls nearly midway between red and purple. Frilly pitch-dark centers and prominent inked markings at the base of each petal heighten the glamour as sturdy upright stems and blue-green feathered leaves provide a cool-hued contrast.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Papaver orientale ‘Marlene’ (P-1663)
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Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’  full sun

Initially discovered as a chance seedling on the compost pile at Patricia Marrow’s Somerset nursery, this gorgeous Papaver is celebrated for its huge, uniquely colored plum wine flowers. The 5 to 6 in. wide elegant blooms showcase dark black blotches at the base of each papery petal and a blackberry-hued ring, which encompasses an ornate gold and maroon knobby boss. Splashing saturated color across the summer border or an arrangement, the opulent display is supported by serrated grayish green leaves.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’ (P-1532)
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Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’  full sun

With a lineage that takes you back to Armenia and the 17th century, this “princess” flaunts magnificent ample-sized flowers. Crumpled, tissue paper-thin petals in pretty salmon-pink colors are shaded by pronounced black blotches at their bases. A handsome blue-green clump of hairy, deeply cut foliage and long, somewhat relaxed stems present the dazzling display, while big fuzzy buds and knobby seed heads add intrigue.

Conveying a decidedly feminine aspect for the herbaceous border, ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ thrives in rich soil, requires a trim after blooming and seared stem ends to ensure long lasting cut flowers.

Blooms June.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/4' high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ (P-1049)
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Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’  full sun
Papaver orientale Royal Wedding

In a tribute to its name, the extravagant, deeply cupped flowers flaunt satiny white silken-thin petals waltzing around a plush purple-black brocaded center. All this floral finery dresses a bluish green pedestal of fuzzy fernlike leaves that grows weary during the summer but bounces back for a pleasing winter presence.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.


Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’ (P-1550)
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Papaver orientale ‘Turkenlouis’  full sun
Papaver orientale Turkenlouis

Dressed to the nines, ‘Turkenlouis’ puts on the Ritz with a lusty abundance of 4 to 6 in. wide, fiery red flowers. Dark purple stamens embroider a pronounced raven-hued center that clutches gossamerlike, deeply fringed petals. Modeled above thick strong stems and smoky green leaves, the high-fashion blooms guarantee a loyal summertime following.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Papaver orientale ‘Turkenlouis’ (P-1664)
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Papaver spicatum  full sun
Papaver spicatum

The English use the word “blowsy” to describe its billowy, cloudlike presence; we think it apt. Quick to establish itself in well drained soils, this Poppy’s sheer, papery blossoms have a soft, creamy apricot coloring. Prominent rounded buds, dentate leaves and the plentiful stand of flowering stems are heavily felted in gray. When planted with silvery Stachys, a soft pastel palette is achieved that welcomes the lilac hues of Nepeta ‘Longipes’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Papaver spicatum (P-0964)
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