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Papaver Orientale “Royal Wedding’, Oriental  Poppy,  Zones 2-7

Papaver 'Royal Wedding' exhibits immense 15 to 20cm (6 to 8in), pure white 'satiny' blooms, each boasting intricately decorated, deep purple-black hearts. Introduced in 1996, Poppy Royal Wedding is a good border plant, as well as an eye catching cut flower. This vigorous perennial poppy grows to about 75cm (30in) in height.  Floriferous and very dependable, often self-seeding where it is content. It needs nothing beyond very good soil drainage and plenty of sunshine to flower season after season.  The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's deeply cut ferny leaves remain forest green in colour throughout the season.  Tends to go dormant in summer so interplant with late summer flowering plants  'Royal Wedding' has been awarded the RHS award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Sun Exposure: full sun to part shade

Soil type: all

Soil PH: all

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

Care level: easy  (tall may need staking in exposed sites)

Flower color: orange

Bloom time: Late spring early summer

Foliage Color:forest green

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

Flower head size: very large

Height: 75-80 cm (29-31 inches)   Width 30-45 cm (12-18 inches)

Growth Rate: fast


Propagation: Divide clumps every 4-6 years in late summer to early fall.  Root cuttings mid to late summer.