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 defined by nodding buds, decorative seed heads and solitary fleeting flowers gracing long stems, these sun lovers appreciate a well-drained, somewhat dry position, winter chill, good air circulation and a hard cut after blooming. Plant in mass for best effect.
The successful outcome of Elinor de Konig’s Dutch breeding program, this relatively new Papaver proclaims 2 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 plus raven-black button-like centers. Lounging on strong stems and 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.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’
- Papaver orientale ‘Allegro’
- Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermere’
- Papaver orientale ‘Marlene’
- Papaver orientale ‘Mrs Perry’
- Papaver orientale ‘Patty|#8217;s Plum’
- Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’
- Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’
- Papaver orientale ‘Snow Goose’
- Papaver orientale ‘Turkenlouis’
- Papaver spicatum