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The is the large-flowered "Oriental Poppy", so loved in gardens. Our seed is the ancestral orange, 4" flowers. Perennial.

Zones 3 - 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size Up to 36 inches tall
Bloom Time Early summer
SKU POTG

Plant Information

Usually considered a garden flower, this species is wild in its native land, and has been requested by many of our wild gardeners. Once established, it is a very permanent plant, living up to 100 years, and competing successfully in grasses and weeds. This makes it a wonderful early colormaker in meadows. Clumps are very tough and increase rapidly with more and more bloom. Yes, this is the classic perennial garden poppy, which has been hybridized into whites, salmons, pinks, and spectacular bicolors.

No, this is not the Opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, which is an annual. The Opium poppy is not only used in the manufacture of illegal drugs including heroin, but is also the one with seed that's used in baking.

Other poppies in our Seed Selections:
For the famous, smaller-flowered annual, Red Poppy, (also called Flanders Poppy, American Legion Poppy, Corn Poppy and Shirley Poppy), see Papaver rhoeas. It is always our best seller, and is the most popular wildflower in the world. We offer both the true red, and the multi-colored (red, pink, white) mix.
We also offer the Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule) and California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) not a true poppy, but a wildflower no wildgardener should be without.

Associated SKUs
POTG
POTP (Packet)
POTQP (1/4 Pound)
POTLB (1 Pound) - Out of stock.
Common Name Oriental Poppy
Botanical Name Papaver orientale
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height Up to 36 inches tall
Bloom Time Early summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 2,240,000
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Native To Middle East
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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2.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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    (7)

47%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (4)
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    • Personal (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Honey Stop the Car!

I sow my poppies in Feb (right before a snow) I then let mother nature take over.

They begin their show shortly after my tulips fade. (I live in zone 6A)

I sow my poppies in Feb (right before a snow) I then let mother nature take over.

They begin their show shortly after my tulips fade. (I live in zone 6A)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as others from AM

I have tried two years in a row to grow these both spring and fall. I so desperately wanted to have a large bed of them. I have tried planting in the spring to...Read complete review

I have tried two years in a row to grow these both spring and fall. I so desperately wanted to have a large bed of them. I have tried planting in the spring to no avail, again that fall to no avail and tried one more year with only a few flowers. I thought maybe they needed a year like most perennials but these never came up. All others from AM have done well.

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1.0

Very Disappointing

By 

from New Jersey

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Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

Sowed seeds ic prepped bed..NOTHING germinated....Hard to find anything good to say when the plants don't grow

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1.0

No luck!

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from Florida

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Pros

    Cons

    • Did Not Germinate

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

      None of the seeds grew.
      Perhaps you could send me a replacement batch?

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Honey Stop the Car!

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      from Martinsville, IN

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Reseed

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

        I sow my poppies in Feb (right before a snow) I then let mother nature take over.

        They begin their show shortly after my tulips fade. (I live in zone 6A)

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        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        very tiny

        By 

        from Cedarburg, WI

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        Pros

        • Attractive

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

        Planted these with the wild flowers. They are just MUCH tinier than I thought they'd be.

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        1.0

        did not grow

        By 

        from bloomsburg pa

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions

        Cons

        • Unattractive

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

        as discussed with traci at the help desk I followed planting instruction to the t terrible results I am still waiting for replacements which I was supposed to receive last week

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        • Personal

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect

        By 

        from Klamath Falls, OR

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Attractive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

            Beautiful display.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            In love!

            By 

            from Indiana

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Beautiful In Mass

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

            I have found the trick to growing poppies is to sow them just before a snow. The snow packs the seeds down just enough. When spring / warth /sunshine comes they will bloom!

            I had a whole area full of poppies last year. (Zone 6). I will re-seed this year just I case they didn't seed well themselves.

            Good luck! (Ps if you don't have cold as we do I suggest you put them in the freezer a month before sowing.

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            1.0

            Oriental Poppy Seeds

            By 

            from Sandy, UT

            Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

            I love these poppy plants, as I had one growing at our previous home a few years ago. I purchased these seeds in hopes to have many of these beautiful flowers blooming in our new back yard. However, none of these seeds sprouted any plants at all! I am very disappointed!

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            1.0

            Not as good as others from AM

            By 

            from west newbury, MA

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

            I have tried two years in a row to grow these both spring and fall. I so desperately wanted to have a large bed of them. I have tried planting in the spring to no avail, again that fall to no avail and tried one more year with only a few flowers. I thought maybe they needed a year like most perennials but these never came up. All others from AM have done well.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Overall Pretty Good

            By 

            from Lynn, MA

            Pros

            • good color
            • Mass Plantings
            • Pretty
            • Showy

            Cons

            • Expensive
            • Finicky
            • Spotty Germination
            • Ugly Foliage

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

              I used these seeds to try to create a mass planting of poppies. I sowed the seeds in early spring, which resulted in spotty results, with only about twenty plants growing to flower, the rest not making it. But overall happy with the seeds.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              darrell volentine face book page..

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              from nipomo, california

              Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

              please go to my facebook page,theres sandy loam soil here in the mesa,zone 9 will they self seed? the oriental poppys look great as well as others i got from a.m. please look at my sons roadside memorial,next year...2013 i hope the roadside memorial for bouncer...will look good as i planted 2 days ago many seeds from a.m too...will post when that happends as well as how joshuas meadow progresses

               
              1.0

              does not grow

              By 

              from Wisconsin

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              Pros

                Cons

                • 2nd try to plant seed
                • Maybe not for my zone
                • Never germinated
                • Too expensive

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

                  the seed never grew, I have planted other types of seeds and they did grow, but not the poppies, I tried 2 times...they are very expensive and did not perform. Will never order again the poppy seed. Other seeds from AM are awesome and look beautiful, specially the cosmos.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Stunning vibrant color!

                  By 

                  from Monroe, IA

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                  Pros

                  • Stately flowers

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildflower bed

                  Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

                  My older daughter painted a huge boundary in what used to be an orchard on my 2 and half acre property. Then I ordered poppies and other perennials, prepped the area, and sowed the seed prior to winter. I was told that the snow would push the little seeds into the ground. This is my first wildflower garden, and I am so proud of myself. Of course, the flowers are the real stars! My girls, all of them, wave in the breeze and allow me to smile at myself and God for the splendor of His creations.

                   
                  1.0

                  not good

                  By 

                  from WI

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Nothing came upvery di

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

                      the seeds never came up, and I bought 1/4 of a pound..very expensive and it is like throwing money away

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      More more more

                      By 

                      from sc

                      Pros

                      • Big Blooms
                      • Nice foliage

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about American Meadows Oriental Poppy Seeds:

                          I enjoyed them early on this past spring. Was a splendid show. I mistakenly scattered them though, and next year I will be sure to place them closer together.

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                          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                          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.

                          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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