Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth'
Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth'

Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth'

SKU: F35591
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Common Name: Oriental Poppy
Hardiness Zone: 3-7S/9W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun
Mature Height: 30-40" Spacing: 15-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BAREROOT
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth' is absolutely breathtaking. The large bowl-shaped, salmon-pink flowers with crinkled edges appear in late spring. Their centers are accented by a velvety-black seed head surrounded by dark purple stamens. They provide a striking contrast when planted near purple Tall Bearded Iris.

When you want to introduce excitement into the June border, consider Oriental Poppies, for their ruffled and shimmering petals pack more pigment than you can imagine. Plant Poppies in groups in a sunny, well-drained position and match them with summer bloomers or annuals that spread out and will conceal their early dormancy. Poppies also make stunning cut flowers if you sear the ends of freshly cut stems with a match.

Our plants are shipped early for fall planting, to allow them time to settle in and make a good start in your garden. Winter Protection for Zones 3–6: In the fall, leave new foliage on your plants and mulch with a loose material, such as evergreen boughs or pine needles, after the soil has frozen to a depth of 1″.

For more information on growing Oriental Poppies, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (11 Reviews) Write a Review

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Not a single plant emerged this spring (order of 3 plants).

I planted three Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth'. Not a single plant emerged from the ground. I also purchased / planted dozens of other species from WFF around that same time (numerous peony, digitalis, allium, astilbe, tulips, daffodils, etc.) and all others are doing wonderfully. Not sure what happened with these poppies. Not a single one survived the winter.
Response from White Flower FarmCustomer Support, 9 days ago (06/04/24 02:32PM)

I am sorry the 3-Papaver orientale 'Helen Elizabeth' did not survive. I have placed a replacement order for you to ship in time for FALL planting. When they arrive, please do not hesitate to contact the White Flower Farm Horticulturalist with any questions regarding planting or care.

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Absolutely Lovely the First Year!

I ordered two "Helen Elizabeth" poppies and planted them last Fall. They came up very impressively this Spring and their bloom was lovely as well. I had heard that poppies don't bloom the first season after planting, but these both had about six blooms each. Thanks!

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update on "great condition"

Wanted to update my review on the roots that I waited so long to plant - they've now bloomed and are gorgeous. I even have blooms on the partial root that I put in the ground after the larger system dried up (entirely my fault). I'll have at least 7 blooms on one plant and three on another. Color is amazing, it really pops against a rock wall and is so so nice to have in the garden.

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Great condition

Ordered and planted these last fall, and while it's far too early for flowers yet I had to write an interim review because I'm so impressed with the plants! Covid and the third trimester got the best of my gardening plans in the fall and i let these sit in the box for over three weeks before I got them in the ground! By that point two of the roots had kind of dried and split apart so I picked the biggest pieces and crossed my fingers....well, they've all come through the winter beautifully and are leafing out now in early spring, looking very vigorous. I'll see how they do in terms of flowers but I'm so impressed that they were large and well-packed enough so survive my neglect!

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I found it!!!!

When I moved to my home in spring 2005, I moved my garden with me. In the process, I lost my favorite plant, a salmon colored poppy with huge crinkly flowers. (Never, ever dig up a poppy that is about to bloom.) I searched over the years for the same one, but could never find it. I couldn't remember the name of it and the nursery it came from was closed (Heronswood Nursery). White Flower Nursery! I love you! I bought 3 as soon as I saw it in your catalog. I wanted to buy more, but that is just plain ridiculous considering how big they get...So, thank you! I look forward to next year when they will bloom.

By the way, the crappy star reviews are wrong. Poppies go dormant during the summer. They bloom one year after planting. Patience, my people, patience...It is worth the wait.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: pah-pah'-ver

Oriental Poppies are one of the most brilliant herbaceous perennials to grace the early summer garden. The flowers appear to be fashioned of crepe paper and can be more than 6" across on stems to 3' in height. Compact varieties such as 'Peter Pan' and the delicious 'Watermelon' are also available. Colors vary from true neon hues to gorgeous pastels. The bristly leaves turn brown in early summer and disappear entirely, reappearing in early fall. Avoid a hole in the garden by placing Oriental Poppies behind large perennials like Baby's Breath (Gypsophila), Siberian Iris or herbaceous Peonies, or simply fill in with shallow-rooted annuals like Nicotiana or Cosmos. Oriental Poppies will not grow in the hot, humid summers and clay soils of the South.

Please Note: The plants have long, carrot-like roots, and the bareroot Poppies we ship should be planted with 3" of soil over the crown (as indicated on our plant labels). Dig a hole that's deep enough to accommodate the roots, up to 10-12" deep. Shallow planting is often the cause of failure, as is soil that is too wet.

Light/Watering: Plants need a full 8 hours of sun to flower well. While they are drought tolerant once established, give them an inch of water a week when in bud or bloom. Do not overwater when plants are dormant.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Poppies need a well-drained soil close to neutral, so gardeners with acid soil may want to add lime. Soil should have a pH of 6.5 to 7.0 and be well drained, as plants will not tolerate wet soils in winter, which rot the fleshy roots. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring, or side-dress with compost or aged manure. When planting bareroot plants, soil should be deeply prepared and the crown covered with 3" of soil.

Pests/Diseases: Oriental Poppies are seldom bothered by insects or disease. During extended wet weather buds may blacken and fail to open. Fungicides may be employed to help prevent this problem.

Companions: Plant behind large perennials like Siberian Iris, Baby's Breath or herbaceous Peonies to camouflage the hole left behind when Poppies go dormant in summer. Filling in with annuals such as Nicotiana or Cosmos is also effective.

Reflowering: Since deadheading does not reward the gardener with repeat bloom, you may choose to leave the flowers on the plant for the interesting seed pods that follow.

Dividing/Transplanting: Poppies have deep taproots that may make transplanting a challenge. Division is needed only every 5 years or so and the best time to divide or transplant is in August when plants are dormant.

End of Season Care: Leave any new foliage on the plant. When soil has frozen to an inch deep, apply evergreen boughs or pine needles to buffer soil temperature and help prevent the crowns from being heaved out of the soil.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Check soil pH and adjust to 6.5 to 7.0 if needed. Apply a slow-release fertilizer or side-dress with compost or aged manure.

Mid-Spring: Apply a fungicide if extended wet weather has caused plants to become diseased.

Summer: Plant annuals to fill in holes left by dormant plants if needed. Do not overwater dormant plants. Divide or transplant Poppies in August when they are dormant.

Winter Protection: In the fall leave new foliage alone, and mulch with a loose material like evergreen boughs or pine needles after the soil has frozen to a depth of 1".


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