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PAPAVER orientale 'King Kong' PPAF
King Kong Oriental Poppy, Oriental Poppy
One of the highlights of the late spring and early summer perennial border, oriental poppies are selections or hybrids of the West Asian native Papaver orientale. The aptly named 'King Kong' bears gargantuan deep blood-red flowers on strong lofty stems.
Remarkable not only for their magnitude and color but also for their crinkled tissue-like texture, the glorious bowl-shaped flowers open from fat globular buds atop tall prickly stems. The petals bear a black basal blotch and 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.
9 - 1
3 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (40)
24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Green, Gray Green
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