Papaver orientale (Goliath Group) 'Beauty of Livermere' is for the adventuresome gardener and not the faint-at-heart. This flamboyant beauty seduces us with her gorgeous oxblood red flowers. Marked by an ebony blotch at each base, the overlapping, crepe-paperlike petals gather around velvety jet black centers while lounging on tall sturdy stems. A restful counterpoint to the large hot-headed blooms, the bushy bluish green bed of pinnately lobed, toothed and hairy foliage requires a hard cut after blooming. Grows quite tall.

Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
    Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
    Flowers: June, July
    Other features: -
    Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
    Habit: Clump forming
    Foliage: Deciduous
    Height: 90 - 120 cm (3 - 4 ft)
    Spread: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
    Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
    Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
    Colour: Green, red
    Goes well with: Grasses