Wednesday, March 16, 2011

'Prince of Orange' Oriental Poppy


Blooming Desert Landscape's Top Plant Picks for 2011

Number Three- ‘Prince of Orange’ Oriental Poppy
Papaver orientale 'Prince of Orange'

These bright, orange flowers will take your breath away! Blooms in late May to early June. These 4"-5" wide blooms are striking against our blue/grey, High Desert landscape. Drought tolerant, deer resistant and very hardy. Plant goes dormant in summer, so you will want to place these behind a mid to late summer blooming plant. Companion plants include Russian Sage, 'Dart's Golden' Ninebark, 'May Night' Salvia 'Goldstrum' Rudbeckia or Spirea varieties.

Another great characteristic of 'Prince of Orange' is that the foliage starts showing before Spring. This year, mine came up before the crocus! For those of you living in the High Desert, you can appreciate seeing a little bright green foliage in early March after a long, cold winter.

Prefers 6 or more hours of direct sunlight and good drainage.
Other spectacular varieties include ‘Indian Chief’ or ‘Brilliant’.

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