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Herbaceous Perennial

Papaver atlanticum
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Atlas poppy

A clump-forming, short-lived perennial, growing to 50cm tall, with rosettes of grey-green, hairy, elliptical, toothed leaves to 15cm long. Saucer-shaped, dull orange flowers, up to 6cm across, are borne on upright, hairy stems from late spring into autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Orange Green Grey Silver
Summer Orange Green Grey Silver
Autumn Orange Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Papaveraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Morocco

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any good, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Rock garden
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to aphids

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