Papaver Summer Breeze Series-Orange

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Poppy

These cute little poppies bloom like crazy in early summer, spending all of their energy producing new flowers rather than setting seed.  Since they are sterile, their bloom time is significantly longer than average poppies. 

Though they are similar in appearance to Icelandic Poppies, they are actually interspecific hybrids.  Summer Breeze Series-Orange has overwintered in our zone 5b trial gardens. 

With its tidy, compact habit, this plant is suitable for use in rock gardens, troughs, or near the front of the border.  The Royal Horticultural Society honored this orange-flowered variety with its prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 2005.

Origin: Not Native to North America


  12-15 Inches
  8 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads


  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2005

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Poppies are popular and undemanding plants that have been grown for generations.  When in bloom, they are the stars of the flower border, oozing vivid colors of every shade except blue.  They will perform best in rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Plant divisions are best made in late summer or early fall.

Poppies are prized cut flowers.  They should be cut just when buds start to break and their ends should be seared to prevent sap leakage from their stems.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.