Orange poppy flowers are members of the Papaver family. Some types are perennial, meaning they grow every year. Others are annuals, growing each year after seed is scattered. Orange poppy flowers are one of many edible flowers, and make a great addition to a summer salad or as a soup garnish.
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Orange poppy flowers have five petals per flower head. The fruit is a container divided into anywhere from four to 20 sections, and if you break it open there will be hundreds of seeds inside. When the stem is snapped, a milky sap will exude.
There is more than one type of orange poppy flower. Native Orange poppies are a similar colour to the standard marigold. They're native to California and do well in hot, dry climates. The Double Orange hybrid poppy has slightly darker orange petals compared to the Native Orange. It is an Oriental hybrid. The Prince of Orange poppy flower is another type of Oriental poppy. It is a perennial flower that grows in most parts of the United States.
Aphids are the number one pest for the orange poppy flower. The aphids love the poppy's leaves and will prevent the flower from growing to its full capability. Aphids can be controlled with a soapy water spray or insecticide, but if the infestation is advanced it is generally too late to save the orange poppies.
Bacterial blight is the number one disease that effects orange poppy flowers. Blight is identified by wet or black spots surrounded by a translucent ring on the orange poppy flowers, stems and leaves. Bacterial blight can sometimes be treated with a fungicide, but it is better to remove and destroy any orange poppy flowers that are infected.
Growing Season and Propagation
The most popular orange poppies in the United States are types of Oriental poppies. These are perennials, and they bloom in midsummer. In late summer, after the blooming period has ended, the orange poppy flowers can be propagated, either with root cuttings or by dividing clumps of roots stock.
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