Papaver orientalis 'Brilliant'

Oriental Poppy

Tips for Homeowners:

Poppies are best planted when dormant, but if planting in the spring try not to disturb the roots. When the plant is going dormant it is OK to remove the yellowing foliage.

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A sure sign of spring, 'Brilliant' will fire things up with the intense orange-red flower display.

  • Amazing blooms that look like crepe paper
  • Bold orange-red flower with black center
  • Excellent cut flower

Plant a large group in an area where the poppy has room to grow and where it will be disturbed as little as possible.

Height: 20-30 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Zone: 3-7
Color: Orange, Red

Interesting Notes about Oriental Poppy:

The Oriental Poppy is an undemanding perennial requiring only full sun and a well-drained soil. It is also one of those perennials that gives it all in a relatively short period of time in late spring to early summer. After it blooms it begins the downward decline to dormancy at which time the foliage yellows and then shrivels, leaving a gap. You can interplant the poppies with something like ornamental grasses to fill in these gaps and leave only anticipation for the next spring in its wake.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Spring Bloomer
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Border or Bed
  • Mass Planting
  • Cut Flower/ Foliage

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Creeping/Ground Cover
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water