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Herbaceous PerennialSynonym

Papaver alboroseum
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A compact perennial arctic poppy, to around 15cm high, with lobed and divided grey-green leaves. Delicate, nodding flowers to 2.5cm across, with white petals flushed with soft pink, are produced in mid to late summer

Synonyms
Papaver alboroseum

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer White Pink Green Grey Silver
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Papaveraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Genus

A relatively new genus of perennial alpine poppy with long, hairy, leafless stems and solitary red, white, yellow or orange flowers

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Thrives in cooler climates, in an open position with well-drained soil. Not tolerant of too much competition

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to aphids

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