Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3–8. Short-lived, but no less dramatic, in climates warmer than zone 7.
Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 12"–36" wide
Variety Information: 4" red flowers
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Late spring to early summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked; or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Mild Climates: Only fall sowing is recommended.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Does not transplant well. Sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 24"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 24"