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Poppy Flower Varieties

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Poppies are popular flowers known for their showy blooms and easy care. These brightly-colored flowers come in many shades, including pinks, purples, yellows, oranges, deep reds and variegated species. According to Gardens Ablaze, poppy flower forms include single blooms, doubles, semi-doubles and tulip-shaped types. Besides serving as ideal garden flowers, poppies are also favorites in flower arrangements.

Scarlet Poppies

Scarlet poppies are so-named for their scarlet, blood-red flowers. This poppy’s blooms have extremely silky double petals and grow as tall as 3 feet high. Scarlet poppies, which have grown in England since the Middle Ages, are one of the oldest types of poppies, besides one of the most popular varieties. They look particularly stunning when grown alongside yellow peonies, which are actually cream-colored.

California Poppies

California poppies, the state flower of California, come from California and the southwestern states of America. They’re ideal for rock gardens, borders and meadows.These poppies can be grown as either compact annuals or tender perennials that grow erect. They’re exceptionally drought-tolerant and perfect for dry, arid regions. California poppies are known for their bright cup-shaped, orange flowers that are 2 to 4 inches wide. Flowers are individually borne on long stalks. This poppy does best in full sun in light to sandy soils. They have an exceptionally neat and uniform appearance and are a popular flower to press. This poppy doesn’t do well in temperatures below 20 F.

Oriental Poppies

Oriental poppies resemble other poppies, regarding their flower types and foliage. They're grown as perennials. Their clump grows larger with time when their flowers receiver proper care. Oriental poppies have a majestic look, as they grow as tall as 2 to 4 feet high. They produce bold, large flowers that grow on their graceful, long stems.

Mexican Poppies

Mexican poppies are known for their bright yellow or orange flowers. Some Mexican poppies have a white peripheral. These annuals grow up to 16 inches tall. They have pale bluish-green leaves that are fern-like and about 2.5 inches long. The Mexican poppy flower stays open only when there’s full sunlight. The Mexican poppy is found in a wide variety of habitats.

Tulip Poppies

The tulip poppy, which comes from the Near East, produces scarlet flowers with black blotches. It’s smaller than most poppies, standing only 18 to 20 inches high. The poppy’s flowers are 2.5 to 4 inches in diameter. It’s inner petals remain upright, instead of flattening out. This poppy grows on rocky, sandy mountainsides in regions such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey, typically at high altitudes. They have been used for medicinal purposes in these native areas.

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