• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Papaver (Oriental Group) 'Beauty of Livermere'

oriental poppy 'Beauty of Livermere'

  • Other common names oriental poppy 'Beauty of Livermere'

  • Synonyms Papaver orientale (Goliath Group) 'Beauty of Livermere'

  • Family Papaveraceae

  • Genus 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

  • Details 'Beauty of Livermere' is an herbaceous perennial to 1m tall, with toothed and bristly lance-shaped leaves to 30cm long, and single, deep scarlet flowers 20cm across in late spring and early summer, each petal with a bold black blotch at the base


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Sand


  • Clay


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Can be grown in a wide range of well-drained soils in full sun. Improve soil with well-rotted organic matter prior to planting. Avoid overfeeding that encourages excessive foliage growth. It may require staking perennials

Propagation Propagate by seed, but plants raised from seeds of named cultivars are likely to be different. Take root cuttings in late autumn/early winter. Divide in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning The foliage often starts dying back after flowering. Trim back the yellowing foliage. Second flush of growth often commences in early autumn. Remove dead leaves in spring

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Damp conditions can encorage downy mildews. Can be affected by powdery mildew

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