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Genus Papaver (Poppy)

Papaver Papaver rhoeas Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
pah-PAH-ver Common Name: Poppy
Plants in this genus have gray-green foliage with short-lived spectacular flowers born singly or in pancles or racemes. The flowers are wide-spreading bowl-, cup-, or saucer-shaped and come in many colors. Flowers are followed by ornamental seed pods.
Noteworthy characteristics: Aristocratic, soft flowers for midsummer. Great to fill spots left by spring bloomers.
Care: Grow in well-drained soil in full sun.
Propagation: Sow seed in spring in situ or in containers. Divide perennials in spring or take root cuttings in autumn.
Problems: Powdery mildew, lead smut, gray mold and root rot.

Species, varieties and cultivars for genus Papaver

Papaver nudicaule Papaver nudicaule
(Iceland poppy)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Iceland poppy is a short-lived perennial usually grown as a cool-weather annual, or biennial. From hairy tufts of linear blue-green foliage rise wiry stems bearing a pendant bud. The single (occasionally double) short-lived flowers unwrinkle their petals into a wide-spreading saucer shape 3 inches across.

Papaver orientale 'Flamenco Dancer' Papaver orientale 'Flamenco Dancer'
(Poppy)
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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

The 4- to 6-inch-wide blooms of 'Flamenco Dancer' poppy stand out in late spring and early summer with their true red color and fanciful fringes. It is a sport of the popular 'Turkenlouis'. After the flowers fade, this perennial will go dormant, so plant it near neighbors that will fill the vacancy.

Papaver rhoeas Papaver rhoeas
(Corn poppy, Field poppy, Flanders poppy)
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In summer, beautiful brilliant red flowers top the branching stems with downy leaves of this 3-foot-tall poppy.