Papaver orientale, or oriental poppy, is a poppy native to the Middle East and parts of Asia. Oriental poppy can be cultivated throughout most of North America with a hardiness down to Zone 3. It is cultivated in many parts of the world as a crop and an ornamental flower. The seeds can be collected when the pods turn a grayish brown. They can be used for culinary purposes similar to somniferum poppy seeds, and the flowers work well in cut floral arrangements. Oriental poppies are characterized by a double layer of petals along with several dark bands emanating from the center. The foliage, stems and buds are covered in hairs. Like the peony and somniferum poppies, Oriental poppy has been a common feature of poetry and art dating well into ancient times. In fact, oriental poppies have arguably the most majestic blooms with a vast portfolio of unique colors and cultivars. This packet is a mix of several different varieties.