Royal Wedding Oriental Poppy Plants

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Misc Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained
Colour White/Cream
Type Pot Grown
Also Good Repeat Flowering, Seedheads
Flowering May, Jun, Jul

Papaver orientale Royal Wedding

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Royal Wedding Oriental Poppies

A spectacular event in a sunny border, Royal Wedding is a poppy that will bring you outdoors to clap and cheer, or even to pull up a chair and watch the performance. Pure white, it is demure yet showy but if you're after bolder colour in your borders, browse our collection of UK grown poppies.

Royal Wedding poppies have large but exquisite, cup-shaped white crêpe flowers that seem to float above downy, upright stems about 60cm tall in early summer. These open in the most enchanting manner, from fat rather hairy buds. The petals emerge crumpled at first, but then puff out a bit like the train of a wedding dress from a limousine outside the church. The centre of each bloom is a large black button, extravagantly frilled at the edges, and each petal is adorned with an ebony blotch at the base. The foliage is almost fern-like but paler green, and generously covered in a tactile silver fuzz.

In the garden

This gorgeous oriental poppy will thrive in any sunny, well drained border. If your garden soil is clay, it's worth digging in a few spadefuls of good garden compost when planting. Cut it back hard after flowering (the leaves do get tatty so you won't be missing out) and you may be rewarded with a second flush of flowers in late summer. As with most perennials, it helps to regenerate the plant by lifting it every three years or so, dividing into smaller sections and replanting. Do this in autumn, ideally.

This is a poppy that looks particularly good in a contemporary or cottage-themed border of whites and silvers. So consider white foxgloves, delphiniums, eryngiums and Acanthus mollis as planting partners (their tall spire shapes complement the rounded flower heads of oriental poppies beautifully). The silver-buff waftiness of Stipa tenuissima is also a great foil to Royal Wedding.

While the flowers of oriental poppies are too short-lived to be of any merit in vases indoors, the dried seed heads look fabulous in flower arrangements.


  • Colour: white with ebony centres
  • Flowering: May-July
  • Foliage: mid-green and downy
  • Height: 60cm
  • Spread: 50cm
  • Spacing: 40cm
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any moist, well-drained soil

Fun fact

US plant nurseries list one of Royal Wedding's many attributes as attracting hummingbirds. What a wonderful picture…

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