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Arizona Poppy Care: Tips On Growing Arizona Poppies In Gardens

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Arizona poppy plants (Kallstroemia grandiflora) aren?t true poppies but are ideal for large gardens in a very dry climate. They are native to the U.S. Southwest desert areas, and in the right conditions the care of Arizona poppies is easy. Click here for additional information.

Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)

One of the most familiar of all poppies is the Oriental poppy. This perennial garden plant is a common feature of northern gardens, with its feathery foliage and orange, red, or salmon flowers that bloom in June and July. Some popular cultivars include 'Allegra' (a dwarf form that grows to 20 inches), 'Beauty of Livermore' (blood-red flowers, growing 2–3 feet), 'Fatima' (white flowers edged with pink), 'Patty's Plum' (plum-pink flowers, growing to 30 inches), and 'Princess Victoria Louise' (pink flowers, growing to 30 inches).

While people typically grow Oriental poppies for their magnificent blooms, their feathery foliage is also attractive. The leaves disappear in summer as the plant goes dormant, but a new set of basal leaves emerges in the fall. These leaves will overwinter, affording winter interest in areas that receive only light snowfall.

  • Native Area: Southern Eurasia
  • USDA Growing Zones: 2–9 (depends on variety)
  • Height: 20–30 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full

6 Tips For How To Grow Hollyhocks

Don’t despair when your seedlings emerge but don’t bloom the first spring. At the end of summer they may seem brown and dead, but don’t pull them out. Trim off dead leaves and stems, and then wait. The plant will overwinter and emerge into spring bloom. Hollyhocks are considered a biennial, producing clumps of leaves the first year and then tall flower stalks the next year.

Although hollyhocks are a biennial, they often seem to be perennials as fallen seeds germinate and grow each year producing year after year of flowers.

Allow seeds to fall around plants to encourage new plants. Self-sown seedlings often make hollyhocks a permanent addition to the garden. Learn how to grow hollyhocks, and you will often have reseeded beds that endure for years.

What is a biennial? Biennials live for only two years. Normally, biennials germinate from seed and grow strong root systems and foliage the first year. The following growing season, they send up flowering shoots that produce seed and then die.

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