Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum

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This poppy’s unique blooms are plum-purple with deep centers. Patty’s Plum is a knockout in the garden on its own, or can be paired with white flowers for a striking, high-contrast statement. (Papaver orientale)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 28-32" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to mid summer
Size Bag of 1
SKU 2FPOPPY

Plant Information

About Perennial Poppies: Every perennial gardener knows that absolutely nothing makes the spectacle of bloom that is made every year by the big perennial poppies. With crepe-like flowers up to 8 or even 10" across, "oriental poppies" make the biggest show of the year in perennial gardens everywhere. The basic common one is always orange, but today, hybrids of all kinds of shades are available.

Growing Poppies: First of all, there are only a few types of poppies of interest to gardeners and the types are sometimes confused. Here they are:

"Oriental Poppies" These are the Perennial Poppies shown on this page. They're called "oriental" since the botanical name is "Papaver orientale" Papaver is the name for the poppy genus, and this species---the garden perennial, is Papaver orientale.
"Red Poppies" are the much smaller bright red and pink annuals, a very famous wildflower in Europe and the Middle East. The Latin name is Papaver rhoeas. We sell seed for that easy-to-grow poppy in our Wildflower Seed Encyclopedia on this website. In fact, Red Poppy is always our No. 1 best-selling wildflower seed.
"Opium Poppies" These are the famous ones from which opium, heroin, and other drugs are made. They are also the poppies that produce the seeds used in baking--your next "poppy seed bun" will feature them! The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) is an annual, and has flowers as large as the perennial. They are rarely grown in the US, for obvious reasons.

For Perennial Gardens: Back to the poppies at hand--the beautiful perennial versions. They all grow about 2 to 3 ft. tall, bloom in late spring, feature bristly foliage, and die down after blooming. During their spectacular bloom, they produce huge 4-petaled flowers which open wide, mostly with dramatic black centers. Best of all, once once established, Perennial Poppies or Oriental Poppies are some of the longest-lasting, hardiest perennials you can grow. In fact, I have seen old abandoned gardens totally overgrown by weeds and grasses, and there in the middle of it all, the only flower plant usually left is an oriental poppy still blooming beautifully. They are tough enough to ward off almost anything once they're growing well.

The roots are fleshy, somewhat like a daylily's, and once they're planted, they don't like to be moved. So choose your spots well. They like full sun, and make wonderful show-pieces for the front of your border.

One thing to remember. Unlike other perennials, after their fabulous bloom, the whole plant dies down, sort of like a tulip or daffodil. This means you're going to have open spaces during midsummer in those spots in your garden. A great way to fill in the spaces once your poppies are gone is to have some annuals waiting to pop in. Move in petunias or marigolds, or any other sunloving annual, and it'll fill the spaces, and add color for you the rest of the season. The following spring, your poppy plants will be back up stronger than ever, with big leaves and fat buds just waiting to open into your favorite flowers.

About Perennial Poppies: Every perennial gardener knows that absolutely nothing makes the spectacle of bloom that is made every year by the big perennial poppies. With crepe-like flowers up to 8 or even 10" across, "oriental poppies" make the biggest show of the year in perennial gardens everywhere. The basic common one is always orange, but today, hybrids of all kinds of shades are available.

Growing Poppies: First of all, there are only a few types of poppies of interest to gardeners and the types are sometimes confused. Here they are:

"Oriental Poppies" These are the Perennial Poppies shown on this page. They're called "oriental" since the botanical name is "Papaver orientale" Papaver is the name for the poppy genus, and this species---the garden perennial, is Papaver orientale.
"Red Poppies" are the much smaller bright red and pink annuals, a very famous wildflower in Europe and the Middle East. The Latin name is Papaver rhoeas. We sell seed for that easy-to-grow poppy in our Wildflower Seed Encyclopedia on this website. In fact, Red Poppy is always our No. 1 best-selling wildflower seed.
"Opium Poppies" These are the famous ones from which opium, heroin, and other drugs are made. They are also the poppies that produce the seeds used in baking--your next "poppy seed bun" will feature them! The opium poppy (Papaver somniferum) is an annual, and has flowers as large as the perennial. They are rarely grown in the US, for obvious reasons.

For Perennial Gardens: Back to the poppies at hand--the beautiful perennial versions. They all grow about 2 to 3 ft. tall, bloom in late spring, feature bristly foliage, and die down after blooming. During their spectacular bloom, they produce huge 4-petaled flowers which open wide, mostly with dramatic black centers. Best of all, once once established, Perennial Poppies or Oriental Poppies are some of the longest-lasting, hardiest perennials you can grow. In fact, I have seen old abandoned gardens totally overgrown by weeds and grasses, and there in the middle of it all, the only flower plant usually left is an oriental poppy still blooming beautifully. They are tough enough to ward off almost anything once they're growing well.

The roots are fleshy, somewhat like a daylily's, and once they're planted, they don't like to be moved. So choose your spots well. They like full sun, and make wonderful show-pieces for the front of your border.

One thing to remember. Unlike other perennials, after their fabulous bloom, the whole plant dies down, sort of like a tulip or daffodil. This means you're going to have open spaces during midsummer in those spots in your garden. A great way to fill in the spaces once your poppies are gone is to have some annuals waiting to pop in. Move in petunias or marigolds, or any other sunloving annual, and it'll fill the spaces, and add color for you the rest of the season. The following spring, your poppy plants will be back up stronger than ever, with big leaves and fat buds just waiting to open into your favorite flowers.

SKU 2FPOPPY
Common Name Oriental Poppy
Botanical Name Papaver orientale
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 28-32" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to mid summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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2.0

One Difficult Plant

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from Norwalk, CT

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    Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum:

    Don't know very much about this plant. I probably takes 2-3 years for the plant to establish itself. It has a life cycle of it's own. The first year it was stubble and died back to nothing. i'm into the 2nd season and 2 of the 3 plants are starting to come back. Maybe in another year or 2 I'll actually see flowers!!

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    4.0

    Wish I could contact the people for whom poppies didn't grow

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    from NYC

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        Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum:

        I would have told them that poppies sometimes take YEARS to bloom!!! The first year you must plant them in rather sandy soil and more shallow than you would normally...make sure they get LOTS of sun. Water once a week.
        The second year you can add soil to the top and around the poppy, in effect, deepening their roots. Tend them carefully the second year as well.
        Don't use any kind of fertilizer until the third year and keep it light and away from the roots. If the poppy is in ful sun it should flower by the 3rd year....but doesn't always. Once they begin to bloom they'll get more beautiful each year. Well worth the wait.
        I found this out the hard way. Now I have beautiful poppies after years of waiting!

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        1.0

        a total bust

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        from Colorado

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        Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum:

        I was very excited to see these poppies come up in the spring... so I waited with anticipation...and waited and waited. One of the five peeked up a bit- saw some green but it died and none of the other four ever came up at all. If I was not an avid gardener with several other successful batches of poppies- I might think I planted too deep/ too shallow- but I'm reasonably good at this gardening thing. So- my money was spent for nothing. Really disappointed as the pictures looked so great. I have had other good product experiences with American Meadows, this was not one of them.

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        Never came up

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        from Maple Grove MN

        Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum:

        planted as directed but never came up.

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        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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