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PAPAVER orientale 'Burning Heart'

Image of Papaver orientale 'Burning Heart'

Family

Papaveraceae

Botanical Name

PAPAVER orientale 'Burning Heart'

Plant Common Name

Burning Heat Oriental Poppy, Oriental Poppy

General Description

Bearing bright purplish-pink poppies with red centers, 'Burning Heart' is among the newest and most unusual of the many cultivars that go under the name Papaver orientale (many of which are actually hybrids with another West Asian poppy, P. bracteatum). The luminous blooms of this spectacular herbaceous perennial are one of the highlights of the late spring and early summer garden.

Remarkable not only for their size and hue but also for their crinkled tissue-like texture, the glorious bowl-shaped flowers open from fat globular buds atop tall prickly stems. The numerous petals center on a large knob-like ovary crowned by a scalloped black-purple stigmatic disk. The fruit is a capsule comprising the ovary and disk. The bristly, green, deeply dissected leaves form neat rosettes that hug the ground. The foliage dies back in early summer, re-emerging in fall.

Give oriental poppies full sun or light shade and well-drained average soil. Stake the stems if they flop. Divide during their summer dormancy, or in early spring. In the landscape these old-fashioned perennials look super in just about any sunny border, particularly in cottage and heirloom gardens. Surround them with late-blooming or robust perennials that can cover the visual and spatial gap their summer dormancy creates. They are also beautiful in bouquets, provided they are cut early in bloom and the cut ends are boiled or seared.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (32)

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No