Skip to main content

Cheerful red flowers make this late spring to early summer perennial a showstopper. It can be difficult to get started, but once established,poppies are a reliable old-fashioned favorite.

Latin Name

Papaver orientale



Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season



Spring Spring
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Caucasus, northeastern Turkey, northern Iran


    John Bartram, the Philadelphia plantsman, offered oriental poppies for sale in 1770.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

    Shop Now