Papaver Queen Alexander
Papaver 'Queen Alexander' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Oriental Poppy

Poppy 'Queen Alexander' has bright, salmon-pink blooms with smooth, rounded petals. The huge blooms are carried on stiff wiry stems from late spring thru early summer. The petals have a crepe-like appearance and a satiny texture.  In the center of a poppy's flower rests a very large, velvety-black seed capsule surrounded by prominent, dark purple stamens. After the bloom cycle is completed these perennials will go dormant, so plan on planting other plants nearby to fill in the gaps.

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Poppies are gorgeous when in bloom but, after flowering, the foliage goes brown and then disappears. They must be planted with companion perennials like Baby's Breath that will cover the hole left by the poppy. Division must be done in the fall just as the plant breaks dormancy.

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