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French Poppy
Uljana Blažková / Pavel Sekerka
Herbaceous Hybrid
Czech Republic

Received August 31, 2020. Seedling No. CH-01. Parentage possibly ‘Gedenken’ open pollinated. First bloomed 1980’s, first propagated 2015. Has been distributed under this name to a number of botanical gardens in Europe. The name and description have also been previously published in two Czech magazines, Zahrádká? and Zahradnictví. Early/Mid season bloom. Flower form SINGLE. One bloom per stem, 7½ inches in size (19 cm) with up-facing flowers. Red flowers (RHS:46B), with two rows of guard petals, rounded, held cupped. Average of 3 carpels, yellowish green, densely hairy. Stigmas red (RHS:52D) with normal anatomy, fertile. Pollen-bearing stamens, filaments red (RHS:46B). Well developed staminodal disc, white. Early foliage greenish-purple, stems, petioles, and veins of leaves have relatively long white hairs, or indumentum. Foliage bright green at flowering. Upright growth to 33 inches (83 cm). Long bloom period and flowers hold color well. As carpels mature they become large and suitable for decoration. Named for the color and form of the flower, reminiscent of the poppy Papaver rhoeas, often portrayed in French Impressionist paintings. This the first introduction in the Garden’s “Poppy” series.

Reference: 2020-DIR:28