Papaver 'Perry’s White'
Papaver 'Perry’s White'
Papaver 'Perry’s White'
Papaver 'Perry’s White'
Papaver 'Perry’s White'
Papaver 'Perry’s White'
Papaver 'Perry’s White'

Papaver 'Perry’s White'

"Oriental poppy"

Papaver 'Perry’s White'

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Description

Papaver 'Perry's White' has large, silken, pure white flowers with large deep purple to black blotches in the centre. These blooms are held on straight stems above a thick clump of long, bristly, mid-green leaves. This bold, showy, perennial will make a bright splash in any bed or border. Although it will tolerate a degree of shade during the day, a spot in full sun is best. Bees and other pollinating insects will love it, too. It’s a hardy plant, that dies back each winter, to re-emerge in the spring. It likes a sunny spot on a moist, well-drained soil!

This old variety is regarded as the first white oriental poppy. These poppies were initially just red but in the early 1900s nurseryman Amos Perry was keen to breed other colours into them. He succeeded with various pinks but a white form alluded him. Then, one of his customers, sent him an irate letter saying that one of the poppies, was supposed to be pink, came out as a "nasty fat, white one". Amos hurried along and swapped the white poppy with something more to the customer’s taste, and Papaver orientale 'Perry's White' had been found… at last!

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Papaver orientale 'Perry’s White'

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    50-70cm

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2022
    You can expect your order in September 2022

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2022
    You can expect your order in October 2022

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2022
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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