Papaver orientale Plum Pudding
Papaver orientale Plum Pudding

Oriental Poppy

Plum Pudding' is a compact variety with non fading blooms of rich plum pink held on strong stems. It sometimes reblooms in late summer. In the center of the poppy flower is a velvety black seed capsule surrounded by prominent dark purple stamens.

  • Height: 71 - 76 cm (28 - 30 in)
  • Spread: 46 - 61 cm (18 - 24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: plum pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees

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.