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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    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


    Family

    Papaveraceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season

    June

    Seasons

    Spring Spring
    Summer Summer

    Specifications

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

    Uses

  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Caucasus, northeastern Turkey, northern Iran


    History

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


    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    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.

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

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