Papaver orientale 'ROYAL WEDDING'

Papaver orientale
Papaver orientale 'ROYAL WEDDING'
oriental poppy
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.6-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.3-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Ornamental poppy belongs to a genus of about 70 species. They can be both long-lived perennials and annuals which re-seed readily. They are native to Central and South Europe, and some species can also be found in Asia, South Africa, North America, Australia, and even subarctic regions. While cultivation of the edible species p.somniferum has become difficult or even banned in many countries worldwide owing to opium contents in unripe seedheads, EU and its chamber responsible for food safety (EFSA) declared poppy safe owing to zero or marginal contents of hallucinogenic or habit-forming agents. That's why you can not only eat so many delicious poppy-seeds-based cakes and pastries, you can also see beautiful fields with white and mauve flowers in the Czech Republic.

Oriental poppy is an extraordinary perennial with large, showy flowers atop thick, tall stems. Royal Wedding is a fascinating variety combining almost pure white flower petals and a large deep purple red, almost black blotch in the centre. They are 10-14 cm across and bloom from late May until late June. Basal leaves are hairy, pinnatisect (pinnate to fern-like), fresh green, and wither by midsummer. The whole plant usually becomes dormant until spring, but some plants may push up a few leaves in late summer or early autumn.

Poppy grows in almost any well-drained soil, preferably medium fertile or poor, of neutral to alkaline pH (do not add peat). Well chosen fertilizer may enhance flowering but is not necessary. Fully hardy to about -40°C.

Last update 16-11-2019.
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