Genus: Poppy

Papaver

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Poppy (Papaver)
pah-PAH-ver
Papaveraceae
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 clutivars for genus Papaver

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Iceland poppy
Papaver nudicaule
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Poppy
Papaver orientale 'Flamenco Dancer'
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Corn poppy
Papaver rhoeas