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Papaver lateritium flowerPapaver lateritium
Armenian Poppy

This hairy native of the Armenian mountains likes rocky areas and has become naturalized in some parts of Britain. Poppies are usually associated with the Moon, but you might also consider the influences of the Sun (flower shape) or Saturn (this plant likes it cool, dry, and rocky).  It might hybridize with P. orientale, so if you plant it with oriental poppies and want to save seeds, keep that in mind.  This poppy is a relative of P. atlanticum and P. rupifragum, but it is a long-lived perennial and relatively easy to grow from seed.  The stems get 20 in/45 cm high from a rosette of nicely serrated, fuzzy leaves. Pale buds open into light orange semi-double flowers 1.5-2 in/4.5-6 cm across in spring and early summer (I also got some singles).  It prefers sunny, well-drained locations, like the dryish crevices of rocks, and makes a good rock garden plant.  It self-sows readily where it is happy. Top

How to Grow Armenian Poppy

Papaver lateritium plantGerminate like any poppy.  Plant out in full sun and well drained, rocky soil. It likes to grow amongst chalk and limestone and is good in a rock garden.  It grows by creeping underground roots (stolons) and is hardy to zone 7 (5 F/-15C), but likes cool, not hot summers. However, I can grow it in upstate NY, so it is flexible. People in the Rockies might find this a nifty perennial. General growing info Top

 

Papaver lateritium
Armenian Poppy
50 seeds $4.25


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