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Herbaceous Perennial

Papaver (Oriental Group) 'Perry's White'

oriental poppy 'Perry's White'

A robust deciduous perennial to 90cm tall, with ruffled, bowl-shaped white flowers 20cm wide, each petal with a purple blotch at the base

Other common names
poppy 'Perry's White'
Synonyms
Papaver orientale 'Perry's White'

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White
Summer White
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Prefers a deep, fertile, well drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Divide plants in spring, or propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame; root cuttings can also be taken in late autumn or early winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back old flowering stems and leaves after flowering, for a fresh, second flush of foliage in the late summer

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to fungal wilts, pedicel necrosis, downy mildew

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