Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

9cm pot £6.99
available to order from summer
3 × 9cm pots £20.97 £18.00
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum' Oriental poppy:

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A really luscious oriental poppy with deep reddish-purple flowers in early summer and bristly, grey-green leaves. The silky, pleated petals of this popular variety have been compared to the faded silk of antique ball gowns. Although the flowers of all oriental poppies are ephemeral, they are easy to grow and each plant will produce several flowers. If cut back after flowering, they may even produce a second flush. Plant it in a sunny border as part of a cottage garden scheme, alongside grasses or late summer-flowering perennials, such as dahlias, which will provide interest when the plant has died back. 'Patty's Plum' contrasts particularly well with silver foliage plants. It will need staking, as it has a tendency to sprawl.

  • Garden care: Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.

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Notes on Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

"The sultry, willowy Patty is always earlier, flowering in the first week of May, and her unique brown-pink flowers need semi-shade - a hornbeam or green hazel backdrop sets her off"

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Slow to establish


I ordered two of these Patty's Plum poppies late spring last year and at first sight, they were rather small. Aware that 9cm plants are starter plants to be established however they have taken a good year to settle in and to grow a few more leaves. No flowers in the first year of receiving these which was a bit disappointing. The one planted on the west facing side is doing a lot better than the one planted on the east side of my garden, it has had minimal growth. I know poppies resent root disturbance so I won't be moving them. Difficult to see how these are classified as "fast growing" but looking forward to (hopefully) having better growth and a few blooms this year. Not sure I would purchase 9cm pots of these again - probably best to go for the larger 2L for instant impact.




Beatuiful flower


Large, blouses, show stopper flowers. Cut back hard after flowering and get another show later in the summer.


North West


Happy Buyer


I have poppies in the front garden and like them so much I'm putting them at the back. This is a different variety to those already in situ. Purchased a tad late in the season so no flowers yet.






A truly special plant, which looks amazing in a cottage garden setting along with Geranium Orion & Salvia. The colour is stunning...Really beautiful & fresh. Good for bees too. Leaves and seed heads also look attractive.




Two thirds OK


Bought three plants but only two appear to have survived the winter, this will be the first season in flower


North Yorkshire

Mt favourite poppy


Planted with Penstemon Plum Jerkum, Aquilegia Nivea, Geranium phaeum album and other complimentary plants.




Good service


Very good service




Gorgeous flowers


Gorgeous strong healthy plant, and the flowers look exactly as in the picture. They're huge! Also flowered a second time, in late summer, which I wasn't expecting.




Disappointed with colour.


Very nice poppy but expected better shade of purple.


South West Middlesex

Highly recommended


Eye catching, beautiful flowers that start as a vibrant maroon then fade to a brown/red colour. Long lasting during the summer, and frost hardy in the winter.





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Can you save the seed pods of oriental poppies to plant

Janet H

The seed pods will look wonderful when added to dried flower arrangements, and if you gently shake them (after they have fully ripened on the plant), they will release lots of tiny seeds, which will go on to produce lots of new plants. It is worth keeping in mind however that the flower colour on these seedlings may be different to the parent plant.


My Patties plum poppies have been very good this year, albeit a bit untidy. When I cut them back there is going to be a very large gap in my border. Am at a bit of a loss how to disguise this, what could I plant within the poppy area to fill a bit of the space? Any suggestion would be very welcome. Thank you.


Hello, These are often planted behind perennials that emerge later in the season, so things like rudbeckia, asters, dahlias, or heleniums would be ideal.


Why has my patty's Plum poppy which has had deep pink flowers for several years, suddenly started producing orange flowers - which don't fit in with my cottage garden! Thank you. Janet


Hello, I have never heard of these plants 'reverting', so these rogue flowers have probably been introduced from somewhere else - and as poppy seed is scattered in the wind, it may have come from a neighbouring garden.


I received 5 a few weeks ago and have planted in an ideal sunny spot. The only food added was garden compost in the potting holes. Normal foliage but 3 have no buds and the other two have black crusty buds that will not open. Please advise, have I received a duff batch?


Hello, With all the rain we have had, it has not been a great year for poppies. They are however prone to something called pedicel necrosis, which causes the stem just below the bud to die back - and subsequently the bud itself will die. This is usually brought about by the plant putting on lots of lush green growth (a sign that they are getting plenty of nitrogen), but not enough potash (which encourages the formation of flowers). Given time and the right conditions however there is no reason why your plants wont flower normally, but perhaps next year you could apply some sulphate of potash in spring to give them a bit of a push.


I planted my Pattys plum about 6 weeks ago and it seemed to be doing great initially. It grew a central stalk with one bud and then we got constant rain. The bud has now gone black and part of the stalk underneath the bud as well. I have cut away the bud and the dead stalk and wondered if I should just cut the remaining of the long central stalk down as well as I can't see how this could now grow buds? Lots of healthy foliage but can't see any other buds? Any advice would be appreciated.


Hello, Poppies are prone to something called pedicel necrosis, which causes the stem just behind the bud to die off. This then results in the death of the bud. It is usually brought about by a surge of soft growth that is often caused by the use of too much nitrogen-rich fertiliser. I would cut back the flower stem to the base, and perhaps next spring apply some sulphate of potash, as this will promote flowers rather than leafy growth.


This year my pattys plum has produced seven buds,two of which are showing colour but the remaing five are going brown and aborting. The plant is growing in an ideal position. I have top dressed the border with growmore this spring and am wondering if this has anything to do with it!Could it be too much water?


Hello, These plants are susceptible to pedicel necrosis, which causes the tissue just below the bud to shrink inwards. This is usually a result of the plant rapidly putting on lots of new growth after the application of fertilisers high in nitrogen, but it can also be brought about by drought, too much fertiliser, or a lack of potassium. As growmore is a balanced fertiliser, it should not be too much nitrogen, so I wonder if you have simply overdone it.


For the second year running my Pattys plum poppies have produced nothing but foliage. What am I doing wrong? They are planted in semi shade. Could the soil be too rich?


Hello, I suspect it may be a little too shady for it as although they will tolerate a little light shade, they do flower best in a really sunny spot.


As a novice gardener when you say to cut oriental poppies down to ground level when they have finished flowering does that mean flower stalks and leaves or just the flower stalks?

novice gardener

Hello, You will find that most of the leaves will have started to die back by mid- to late July, so all of these should be removed too. The plant will then usually put on some new leafy growth in late summer or autumn, which can be left intact until the following year.


Exactly the same problem. Patty's Plum have blowsily dominated the border in previous years and have now shrunk to a couple of miserable little yellow leaves. Will they resurrect themselves next year?


Hello, It is difficult to say with any certainty, as it will really depend on how severe the damage is. I'm sorry not to be more help,


After successfully growing Papaver Patty's Plum for many years, both my plants this year are not thriving. The leaves are stunted, yellow and there is no sign of any buds. Can you suggest what may have caused this and if there is a remedy. If the time has come to replace them, is it wise to replant with the same cultivar in the same position? Thanks!

One of the Buds

Hello, I suspect this may have been caused by the unusually dry spring we have had, as this has caused lots of plants to be much more compact than they would be normally.



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