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Papaver spicatum
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Papaver spicatum

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 spicatum full sun

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' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Papaver spicatum (P-0964)
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