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Papaver orientale 'Black and White' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Black and White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

oriental poppy 'Black and White'

Family

Papaveraceae


Papaver can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennials with simple or pinnately divided leaves and short-lived, saucer-shaped, 4-petalled flowers which may be solitary or in racemes

'Black and White' is a perennial to 60cm in height, with bristly pinnatisect leaves and solitary white flowers 12cm in width, each petal blotched black at the base

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a deep, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. May need support

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or propagate by root cuttings in late autumn to early winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

Cut down once flowers fade and foliage looks untidy

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

May be subject to Verticillium wilt and a downy mildew