oriental poppy ‘Scarlett O’Hara’

This cultivar of poppy provides a bright display of huge, satiny flowers in late spring and early summer.

Papaver orientale ‘Scarlett O’hara’ (Oriental poppy ‘Scarlett O’Hara’) has large, dark-centered, scarlet-orange blooms that rise above thistle-like foliage in early summer. Once they are done blooming most of the plant disappears, leaving only an attractive seed pod standing in its place.

Although the genus Papaver supplies the active ingredient for many pain relieving drugs, P. orientale has no known medicinal properties. Its showy seed heads are often used in flower arrangements.

Botanical Name Papaver orientale ‘Scarlett O’Hara’
Common Name oriental poppy ‘Scarlett O’Hara’
Family Papaveraceae
USDA Zone 2 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest spring, summer
Height and Spread 1-1.5ft x 1-1.5ft (30-45cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color Red
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin.
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate

Average Flowering Time