Oriental Poppy Prince of Orange & Princess Victoria Louise Seeds(medicinal) (appx 200 seeds)
Papaver orientale ‘Prince of Orange & Princess Victoria Louise’ mix
One of the most brilliant herbaceous perennials to grace the early summer garden, few flowers can match the display provided by Oriental Poppies. The result of a complex hybridization of three different Papaver species, Oriental Poppies are best grown in colder climates (USDA zones 3 to 8) and aren’t a good choice for mild-winter regions. The colder the better. For gardeners in zones 3 and 4 who struggle to find perennials that survive the winters these poppies are for you! (Because they are so cold hardy and resilient they are recommended for beginning gardeners.) Poppies will go dormant during the hot, humid summer months… The bristly leaves turn brown in summer and then disappear entirely. Come fall, they re-sprout new leaves that stay evergreen through the winter.
Two colors are included in this mix- ‘Prince of Orange’ which has huge bright-orange flowers & ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ with huge salmon-pink flowers. The flower petals appear to be fashioned of crepe-paper, or made of silk and can be more than 6″ across. Each with a distinctive shimmering black eye at the center. Fall is the best time to plant, so they can establish their roots and get the winter chilling they need to bloom the following spring. There’s a chance spring planted Oriental Poppies may not bloom until the following year.
Site Oriental Poppies in full sun. They do well in all types of soils, including clay, but be sure to avoid spots in your landscape that stay wet or puddle after a rain. Adequate drainage is key. The flowers will attract a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs, and even hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Height: 3- 4 ft
How & Why:
- Poppy extracts have traditionally been used to relax smooth muscle tone, making them potentially useful in the treatment of diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The extract has been used as a sedative analgesic and antitussive.
- Poppy seeds are used as a condiment with baked goods and pastries for their nutty odor and flavor. Poppy oil is widely used as an edible cooking oil. The oil is also used in the manufacture of paints, varnishes, and soaps.
- Poppy seed is generally recognized as safe for human consumption as a spice or a natural flavoring.
- Ancient Egyptian doctors would have their patients eat seeds from a poppy to relieve pain.
- Poppy seeds contain small quantities of both morphine and codeine, which are pain-relieving drugs that are still used today.
- Poppy seeds and fixed oils can also be nonnarcotic because when they are harvested about twenty days after the flower has opened, the morphine is no longer present.