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Plant of the Week: Papaver atlanticum (Atlas Poppy)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.

The apricot-orange blooms of the Atlas poppy (Papaver atlanticum) can be seen in various places around the garden from spring and, on and off, into late fall.the-plant

It is a short-lived perennial. It self-seeds readily and our gardeners deliberately leave a few seedlings each spring when they are weeding, so that the plants can flower later in the year.close-up

Native to the Atlas mountains of Morocco, some authorities refer to it as Papaver rupifragum var. atlanticum, indicating that it is a natural variety of the Spanish poppy (Papaver rupifragum), which is native to both Spain and North Africa. Other authorities consider it a species in its own right, hence Papaver atlanticum.

It can be spotted at Wave Hill in the Wild Garden—as shown in the first shot below—and also near the Herb Garden—the second shot—and close to the Perkins Visitor Center.setting-Wild-Gardensetting-herb-garden

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