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PAPAVER orientale 'Prinzessin Victoria Louise'
Oriental Poppy, Prinzessin Victoria Louise Oriental Poppy
Long prized for its immense rich salmon-pink flowers, 'Prinzessin Victoria Louise' is among the most familiar of the many poppy cultivars that go under the name Papaver orientale (many of which are actually hybrids with another West Asian poppy, P. bracteatum). The satiny blooms of this striking herbaceous perennial are one of the highlights of the late spring and early summer garden. It is often grown from seed, resulting in some variation.
Remarkable not only for their size and hue but also for their crinkled tissue-like texture, the glorious bowl-shaped flowers open from large globular buds atop tall prickly stems. Each petal bears a black basal blotch. The petals surround 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
26"-32" / 66.0cm - 81.3cm
18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Green, Gray Green
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