Oriental Poppy

Papaver orientale

These stunning bright red poppies bloom on or about Canada Day, July 1st, every year. They are a big attraction for people who photograph the garden. They grow well over 3 feet tall and have multiple blooms. We marvel at the petals are the size of my grandchildren's hands and the fantastic prehistoric looking foliage that supports them.

Once the flowers fade and the petals fall, usually 10 days or so, we keep the foliage as a filler for its interesting deep green feathery leaves. They have done well in a mix of sun and shade but do need cooler temperatures and a great deal of water. The summer of 2021 saw a heat wave over the July long weekend that was too much for the flowers. They faded within a couple of days disappointing folks who come to see them every summer.