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Papaver rupifragum


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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photo by Nicola Browne, copyright GAP Photos (56049)

Plant details

This is a delightful, little poppy from the Caucasus and Asia Minor. It produces a beautiful rosette of finely-cut, silvery-blue foliage in the first year, and is well worth growing for this alone. In the second year, from spring to summer, it sends up stems with masses of glowing, orange to brick-red flowers, 2.5cm (1in) across. It's ideal for the rockery, front of the border, or in a pot in the alpine house or cold greenhouse.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Papaver

Species: rupifragum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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