Poppy Photos forum: Difference between California and Iceland Poppies?

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ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 9, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
These two seem like they are about the same to me. Must be missing something. They really look lovely in pictures.
Imagepoppy
Apr 9, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Name: Karla
Greenwich,OH
The California poppy is a annual poppy.
I have grown the Iceland poppy from seeds before.
The icelands bloomed for me one year and never returned.
The iceland poppies can behave more like a annual or biannual poppy at times.
You can sow both types of these poppy seeds in the late fall.
ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 9, 2010 9:07 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I will either get brave and try them both or just stick to California poppies. I think annual poppies would be better for me. I am looking for a poppy with a longer bloom period. Thanks.
Imagepoppy
Apr 9, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Karla
Greenwich,OH
Your annual poppies will do well for you.
My favorites are the peony poppies.
Laurens grape is another nice annual poppy.
I will be sending you a C-mail.
ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 9, 2010 9:38 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Here is the way I look at poppies. I just love the flowers. But the oriental poppies flower for a week and then they are done. Not good enough. Ok, so I am not going to throw out the one I have but I am not going to buy another either. I need more bloom.

I did buy some spring blooming poppy plants that never came back or reseeded one year, I bet they were Iceland poppies. (Or maybe Shirley poppies).

I don't like the folliage (too coarse) on the breadseed poppies.

I need to do more reserch and ask more questions still yet. I just got serious about this this spring lately.

Will go read the C-Mail now, thanks.
ImageNewyorkrita
Apr 9, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
How about Papaver Rhoeas. Shirley Mix Poppies? One Stop Poppy Shop list these as flowering from June till frost.

I have to admit I am very confused about flowering time and how long the different annual types of poppies flower. The perennial orientals have NO staying power.
Imagepoppy
Apr 10, 2010 12:40 PM CST
Name: Karla
Greenwich,OH
The shirley poppies blooms last awhile as the peony poppies.
The oriental poppies, loose their blooms fast,especially if it is very windy.
ImageKelli
May 15, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Another difference is that Calfornia poppies are a lot more heat tolerant, not that they are super-duper heat tolerant, but they don't die out (for me) like the Icelandic poppies. Here, CA poppies are short-lived perennials and they self-sow like there's no tomorrow.
ImageNewyorkrita
May 15, 2010 6:16 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I bought some seeds of the Iceland poppies but I didn't start them. I did sow the California poppies and the seedlings are up. I figgured I would start with something rather easy :-))
ImageKelli
May 15, 2010 6:22 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Yep, you picked an easy one to start with. Thumbs up
ImageNewyorkrita
May 15, 2010 7:35 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I also sowed seeds of Flanders poppies. Those are up too.
ImageKelli
May 16, 2010 9:53 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
I used to have some of those but they eventually died out, probably because of a drought year. That shouldn't be a problem in NY.

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