Papaver orientale 20" tall. Dusky damson-plum-colored blossoms. A short version of the original ‘Patty’s Plum’ poppy, a compost-pile surprise discovered in the 1990s by gardener Sandra Pope. Named for plantswoman Patricia Marrow, owner of the famous Kingsdon Nursery in Somerset, England.
Finely cut bristly frosty-green leaves, shimmering crepe-paper blossoms, unique seedpods good in arrangements. The entire plant goes summer-dormant—don’t be alarmed when the leaves turn brown and disappear almost entirely by August. Basal mats of new leaves appear in the fall.
Plant in full to part sun and neutral well-drained soil. Z3. (bare-root crowns)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.