Papaver 'Watermelon'
Papaver 'Watermelon'
Papaver 'Watermelon'

Papaver 'Watermelon'

"Oriental poppy"

Papaver 'Watermelon'

1 bare root — £5.95

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in August/September

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
You can expect your order in September/October

Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Refresh your flowerbeds with the fruity tones of Papaver 'Watermelon'! Bursting with big, silky blooms in May, a few groups of these clump-forming perennial oriental poppies will be a tantalising treat for the eyes every year. The flashy, dark pink Papaver 'Watermelon' puts on a great show and, best of all for busy gardeners, it requires very little in terms of time and care from you to do its job. It’s low maintenance, hardy and resilient, so once you’ve planted this poppy and it’s settled in, you can virtually leave it to its own devices, outside all year round.

Typical of oriental poppies, the impressive dark pink flowers seem to appear out of nowhere — look forward to that cheery moment as they suddenly pop from green bud into full bloom! Although the flower burst is sudden, it’s not short-lived. The petals of Papaver 'Watermelon' are thick, resilient and surprisingly long-lasting.  

Papaver 'Watermelon' flowers in May and makes a fantastic companion for other May flowers such as Dutch Iris, peonies and alliums. Papavers are happier in borders than patio containers. Find a spot for your Papaver orientale 'Watermelon' in a sheltered flower bed and be sure to dig over the area to loosen up the soil and remove any weeds before planting. This plant settles well into free-draining soils with regular watering. In heavier soil types with a high clay content, it’s better to pot up your bare root Papaver and grow it on outdoors until it’s a bit bigger before planting into your border.

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

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Papaver orientale 'Watermelon'

  • Flower colour

    Dark pink

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

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

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)


  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Papaver 'Watermelon' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Oriental poppy" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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