Ephemeral but charming like poppies

We all know the poppies, Papaver rhoeas, whose bright red illuminates villages, wheat fields or battlefields. Other cousin species, annual or perennial, of the same family Papaveraceae also attract the attention of gardeners.

Came from the East

oriental papaver, native to the Middle East, Armenia, the Caucasus, Iran and Turkey, perennial, blooms again every year in late May, early June, in the same country. Known for its bright, even bright color palette, mostly red and orange, it also offers lighter shades like soft pink or salmon, white or darker shades like burgundy, purple, lilac or purple. Large corolla, – 8 to 15 cm in diameter -, simple, semi-double or double, about 60 to 90 cm high, at the end of thick, hairy stems which sometimes bend under the weight of tire. The buds with almost white hairs open showing strong bracts supporting large, smooth or folded petals, often stained with reddish, purple, or black spots. In the center, a globular nucleus of generally black stamens contrasts strongly.

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