June 23, 2017

Perfectly Poised

Papaver orientale

Pineo Photo - Papaver orientale

Sometimes the most delicate-looking flowers are among the hardiest of perennials. Papaver orientale would qualify. With its fluttery petals, the fragile appearance of the bloom would lead one to believe the plant could scarcely withstand a puff of wind, when the species is quite hardy to Zone 3. Oriental poppies can readily withstand a drought since the bloom time is late spring and into early summer, putting the plant into dormancy during the usual dry spells. There are a number of colors available for the orientals, ranging from pure white to pinks to orange to reds. And with the flowers reaching upwards of 4 feet tall, they are bound to make a statement in any garden.