• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Papaver orientale var. bracteatum

great scarlet poppy

great scarlet poppy

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  • Other common names great scarlet poppy

  • Synonyms Papaver bracteatum

  • 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

  • Family Papaveraceae / Papaveraceae

  • Details P. orientale var. bracteatum is an herbaceous perennial to 1m in height, with bristly, pinnate basal leaves and erect, unbranched stems bearing 10cm in width, deep red flowers 10-15cm across, each petal with a blackish-purple spot at base


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Loam, Clay, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in deep, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. May need support

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or propagate by root cuttings in late autumn to early winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut down once flowers fade and foliage looks tatty

Pests Aphids may be a problem

Diseases May be subject to a downy mildew and fungal wilts

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