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Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

Oriental poppy

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

Plant details

Oriental poppies are among the most flamboyant of the early summer flowers, with enormous, often frilly double blooms in loud colours. 'Patty's Plum' is definitely a must-have variety with its handsome blackcurrant-purple flowers. Although they are hugely spectacular, the foliage becomes untidy after flowering unless cut back a few weeks later. This does not harm the plants, but it does leave a large gap in the border unless vigorous, but late, neighbouring plants can spread to occupy the space.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Papaver

Species: orientale

Cultivar: Patty's Plum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 70cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Reader reviews


I planted Patty's Plum last autumn in my new garden, and it is now forming flowerheads. I had 11 flowerheads last week, but then suddenly some of them started drooping and from the weight snapped in the wind.
I have now tied the remaining and new ones to bamboo canes, but am hugely worried that I won't have any left before the buds open. Some of the buds have black residue on the spot where the stem seems softer and bendy.

Any clues on why this is happening?


There is something very beautiful about poppys as a very keen(beginner) gardner long awaiting spring i certainly will be sprinkling many poppy varietys in my garden this spring i love the cottage garden look with plenty of wildflowers!my 6year old little boy cannot wait to grow sunflowers again this summer lastyears were huge!hes also a gardner in the making.

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