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​Papaver Nidicaule ‘Meadow Pastels’, Iceland  Poppy,  Zones 2-9

Biennial south of zone 5 or perennial in areas with cool summers. Free blooming mix in shades of pink, yellow, orange, rose, white, cream and stunning bicolors. The flowers have a faint scent, slightly camphory, but still nice, with petals like an Issey Miyake crumpled silk chiffon dress with a deeper colour shading towards the centre of the flower, stopping abruptly at a pale primrose disc studded with gold anthers.These large, silky, showy poppies are superb for cutting. Sear the cut end with a flame before placing in water. When the summer heat arrives they will die-out.    I will live for a couple of seasons flowering in spring and early summer.

Sun Exposure: full sun

Soil type: deeply dug fertile

Soil PH: all,

Soil Moisture: average well drained, don’t like dry or wet sites.

Care level: easy

Flower color: mix

Bloom time: spring summer

Foliage Color: light green

Uses and Characteristics: border, drifts, cut flower, container, meadow or prairie garden, cottage garden massed, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds,

Flower head size: large

Height: 12-24 inches  Width 12-24 inches

Growth Rate: fast

Propagation: Divide clumps every 4-6 years.  Root cuttings mid to late summer.  Will self seed if allow seedheads to remain on plants.