Papaver orientale is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
Papaver orientale 'Oriental poppies' Seeds