Papaver rupifragum is a rare hardy poppy flower that is often called Spanish Poppy. Flowers are a beautiful soft orange and last only a day. This happy little flower is from southern Spain. The blooms are 2-inch and have delicate, crumpled petals and the leaves are a silver-blue.  The photos on the left are of a new double flower variety that will be available in 2020. It is a perennial and does well in poor to well-drained soils in a sunny location. Good drainage and lots of sunshine are essential for these flowers. Papaver rupifragum blooms summer to fall. The plant grows easily from seeds.  Try growing these flowers in front of your flower beds and borders. They can also be used in a rock garden, container, and even gravel. Deadheading flowers will increase the blooming season. It is heat and drought resistant. It is deer resistant and is a favorite of honeybees. It is hardy for zones 6 – 9.

Photos are courtesy of Walters Gardens.  

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  • gslotnick@yahoo.com Sep 28

    Is this a perennial? Thanks!

    It is a groundcover rose shrub that is hardy for zones 4 - 11. It does come back every year and is winter hardy.

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