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Herbaceous Perennial

Papaver rupifragum

Spanish poppy

P. rupifragum is a clump-forming perennial with lobed leaves up to 15cm long. In summer it produces solitary, bowl-shaped, light orange, single to semi-double flowers up to 8cm across. May self-seed and can be short-lived

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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
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Papaveraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
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
S Spain, N Africa

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny position

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame, or by division, in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning needed

Pests

May suffer from aphids

Diseases

May be affected by fungal wilts and downy mildews

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