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Little Dancing Girl Poppy

Papaver orientale 'Little Dancing Girl'

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Little Dancing Girl Poppy (Papaver orientale 'Little Dancing Girl') at GardenWorks

Little Dancing Girl Poppy flowers

Little Dancing Girl Poppy flowers

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Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  8 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Oriental Poppy

Ornamental Features

Little Dancing Girl Poppy features bold shell pink round flowers with burgundy eyes and burgundy spots at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its deeply cut ferny leaves remain forest green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Little Dancing Girl Poppy is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Little Dancing Girl Poppy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Little Dancing Girl Poppy will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 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 selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features


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