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Poppy

Oriental Poppy Papaver Orientale in the Lubera Garden Shop

From bright red to an elegant white or delicate pink: when the poppy plant opens its silky flowers in early summer, it easily outshines all of its neighbours. The oriental poppy (Papaver orientale...

   
 
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More useful information about Poppy

...) is one of our most beautiful perennials, which provides a splash of colour in the garden.

More information about the oriental poppy

 

The clump-forming plant with the long flower stems stands out clearly from its surroundings and shows its engaging character in any place. Anyone who thinks that a poppy plant must always be red will be delighted with the colourful varieties. The flowers of the numerous hybrids appear in many shades, which look very distinctive with the contrasting black spots. Sometimes they appear smooth, sometimes ruffled - the leaf margins are entire or fringed. The small Icelandic poppy 'Gartenzwerg' is also an enchanting representative of the genus Papaver and is especially effective in rock gardens.

 

The flowering period of the oriental poppy is relatively short from May to June. However, it proves to be an extremely long-lasting and hardy garden companion that reliably unfolds its splendour. Older plants produce a dozen impressive flowers every year, surrounded by conspicuously hairy sepals. This is followed by an approximately walnut-sized capsule fruit, which is also very decorative. The perennial dies back after flowering and does not sprout again until autumn. Then winter-green foliage with decorative, pinnate leaves appears.

 

Table of contents

 

A splendid perennial for sunny, dry soils

Interesting facts about the oriental poppy

The suitable location

Plant poppy seed

The right care

Propagation

 

A splendid perennial for sunny, dry soils

 

Planted singly or in small tuffs, Papaver is ideal for open spaces, beds or borders and attracts many bees. If the plant takes a break after flowering, other plants such as asters or sunflowers help to fill the empty spaces. A beautiful picture is also created when the poppy appears in the company of sage, catnip, coneflower or lady's mantle. Larkspur and lavender also make a wonderful addition with their elongated flower shapes. Grasses like Pennisetum, Panicum or Stipa gigantea are also attractive planting partners.

 

 

Probably the most famous hybrid of Papaver orientale is 'Beauty of Livermere' with strikingly large, scarlet red flowers.

'Royal Wedding' shows impressive flowers in a brilliant white, with a dark spot in the middle for a particularly attractive contrast. The plant reaches a height of about 80 centimetres.

 

'Princess Victoria Louise' enchants with large, apricot-pink shimmering flowers with a deep purple centre.

 

The burgundy red 'Marlene' is also very popular. Its flowers are comparatively small.

 

Interesting facts about the ornamental poppyOriental Poppy Papaver Orientale in the Lubera Garden Shop

 

The genus Papaver, which includes about 120 species, belongs to the Papaveraceae family. The genus name is derived from the Latin word 'pappare', which means 'to eat'. This is probably due to the fact that the children of the ancient Romans were (criminally) given porridge with poppy juice to make them fall asleep more easily. Poppyseed is a very old cultivated plant that was already cultivated over 5000 years ago.

 

Papaver orientale, often also known as Turkish poppy or oriental poppy, has its natural habitats in eastern Turkey, northern Iran and the Caucasus. It can be found on calcareous slopes at altitudes of up to 2500 metres and in meadows. Meanwhile, there are numerous hybrids in many colours.

 

The poppy seed forms partially or completely hairy capsule fruits, so-called 'pore capsules', with many black seeds. All poppy species contain white or yellow latex, which is poisonous. The seeds from the capsules of the oriental poppy are not suitable for use in the kitchen. Only the seeds of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) are used for baking. The cultivation of opium poppy is, however, prohibited in Germany at least because of the possibility of opium extraction (although an application can be made for approval of low-morphine varieties).

 

Suitable location

 

The oriental poppy loves a warm place in full sun. Papaver orientale tolerates any garden soil as long as it is permeable and rich in humus. It prefers a moderately dry to fresh soil with medium nutrient content. Since the poppy plant develops long taproots, the soil should be deep. Heavy, loamy soils can be emaciated with sand.

 

Planting

 

Poppies can be planted individually or in smaller groups at intervals of 50 to 80 cm. Only small tuffs of 1 to 3 plants are recommended so that no large gaps appear in the bed in the summer.

 

The right care

 

If the oriental poppy is given the right place in the garden, it proves to be very durable and easy to care for. It is recommended to add compost occasionally in autumn or in the spring.

Water seldomly, but penetratingly. This allows the plant's roots to penetrate even into deeper soil layers and thus survive dry periods without problems.

Remove withered plants regularly - also to prevent self-seeding.

 

Propagation

 

Papaver orientale can be easily propagated by root cuttings - this ensures that the characteristic of the variety is transferred to the offspring. To do this, the plant should be carefully dug out in early autumn. The long roots are cut with a knife into pieces about five to eight centimetres long. The cuttings are placed in pots with growing soil. They should spend the winter in a bright, frost-free place. In the spring, the young plant can then be planted out.

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