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Pulcinella Red Poppy*

Papaver nudicaule 'Pulcinella Red'

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Pulcinella Red Poppy (Papaver nudicaule 'Pulcinella Red') at Glen Echo Nurseries

Pulcinella Red Poppy flowers

Pulcinella Red Poppy flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  15 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Iceland Poppy, Arctic Poppy

Description:

This fast growing variety produces volumes of stunning, long lasting scarlet-red blooms all summer; great for rock gardens or massed as a border planting

Ornamental Features

Pulcinella Red Poppy features bold scarlet round flowers with yellow centers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its tomentose ferny leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pulcinella Red Poppy is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Pulcinella Red Poppy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Pulcinella Red Poppy will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features