How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Poppy—Papaver spp.
Family Papaveraceae (Poppy family)

Plant Identification

Poppies are annual and short-lived perennial plants often grown in borders or pots. Flowers bloom in spring and summer. Color varies among species and includes white, orange, yellow, red, pink, or blue.

Optimum conditions for growth

Poppies grow well in full sun and require moderate to regular amounts of water. Soil must be well-drained. Poppies need light fertilizer until they are established. Prune out old flowers to prolong the bloom period.

White blossom
White blossom

Pests and disorders of Papaver spp.

Invertebrates

Diseases

Diseases (cont.)

Environmental disorders

Weeds

Vertebrates

Orange blossom
Orange blossom


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