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PAPAVER orientale 'Miss Piggy'

Image of Papaver orientale 'Miss Piggy' PP17610

Family

Papaveraceae

Botanical Name

PAPAVER orientale 'Miss Piggy' PP17610

Plant Common Name

Oriental Poppy

Special Notice

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General Description

The glowing orange-red, delicately textured flowers of oriental poppies are one of the floral highlights of the late spring, early summer garden. Western Asian in origin, these hardy herbaceous perennials come in several color variants many of which are believed to be hybrids with the Iranian poppy (Papaver bracteatum). In the wild, these are meadow plants that grow well in locations with average to good fertility and sharp drainage.

In spring, oriental poppies put forth a rosette of coarsely dissected, bristly, gray-green leaves. Tall, prickly flower stems emerge in late spring to early summer, each crowned with a large globular bud encased in two green protective sepals. When the buds open the sepals fall to make way for glorious bowl-shaped flowers. The four to six petals (or more in double forms) have a crinkled tissue paper texture, come in vibrant shades of orange, red, pink of white, and almost always have a black blotch at their base. The petals surround a large, knob-like ovary capped by a scalloped purple-black disk. When brown and dry, this capsule fruit pops open along the cap to show holes that release small, black seeds like a shaker. Some cultivars spread via underground rhizomes; others stay put, forming dense clumps. The foliage dies back in early summer, often re-emerging in fall.

Give oriental poppies full sun or light shade and well-drained, average soil. Stake tall stems to keep them from flopping. Divide during 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 old-fashioned flower 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

    18"-48" / 45.7cm - 121.9cm

  • Width

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Orange, Pink, Salmon, Coral, Lavender, Orange Red, Dark Salmon

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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, Double, Semi-Double

  • 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

    Bedding Plant, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No