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Annual Biennial

Papaver rhoeas 'Amazing Grey'
  • RHS Plants for pollinators

An annual poppy, to 60cm high, with finely divided, light green leaves with fine silvery hairs. In late spring to early summer, ruffled, single or semi-double flowers are produced on slender stems, in shades of silver and grey-blue

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver Green
Summer Grey Silver Green
Autumn Green
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
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

Grow in a sunny spot in well drained soil, with plenty of organic matter dug in before sowing

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown successionally and in situ from early spring. Thin seedlings as required, but they do not like to be transplanted. Leave some plants to seed after flowering to provide replacements for the next year

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to downy mildews, powdery mildews, fungal wilts and verticillium wilt

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