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Poppy 'King Kong'

Papaver orientale | Oriental Poppy

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Enormous satiny blooms in May and June

Enormous flowers up to 18cm (7”) across

Attractive silver-green foliage

Ideal for cottage garden borders or dotting among wispy grasses

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This hardy, clump-forming perennial is a cottage garden essential, with big blousy blooms in late spring and early summer. The scarlet flowers of Poppy ‘King Kong’ add a splash of colour to sunny borders and make showy cut flowers too! This hardy Oriental Poppy boasts dark green, divided leaves covered with coarse silvery hairs. After flowering, the leaves will virtually disappear, so its well worth partnering with late-summer flowering perennials that will quickly fill the gaps. Height: 100cm (39"). Spread: 50cm (20").

Height Up to 100cm (39in)
Spread Up to 50cm (20in)

Hardy Perennial

cottage gardenswildlife gardenscut flower garden

full sunsun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


2 bare root plants (KC1722)
6 bare root plants (KC1768)

When growing Oriental Poppies, choose a sunny position in rich fertile, well drained soil. Add plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil prior to planting, mixing it thoroughly and deeply.

These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. The growth points of most bare root perennials should be set about an inch below the soil surface. New growth will appear in spring.

Deadhead faded poppy flowers to encourage more blooms to be produced. Cut back old foliage to ground level in autumn. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of Oriental poppy in spring.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £5.99.

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Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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