Botanical Name: Papaver orientale
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3–7. Annual, but no less dramatic in USDA zones 7 and warmer.
Plant Dimensions: 24″–48″ tall, 12″–36″ wide
Variety Information: 4″–8″ flowers of orange, pink, red, salmon, and white colors atop hairy stems.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Late spring to early summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, 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. Sow in biodegradable pots for transplanting; roots sensitive to disturbance. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 18″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 18″