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Papaver orientale 'Leuchtfeuer' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Black, Orange and Red in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

oriental poppy 'Leuchtfeuer'

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

'Leuchtfeuer' is an herbaceous perennial to 70cm in height, with bristly, divided leaves and glowing orange-red flowers, each petal with a black spot at the base

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

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

Soil

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

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Cut down once flowers fade and foliage looks tatty

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a downy mildew and fungal wilts