Iceland poppy

Papaver nudicaule | Also known as: Arctic poppy, Yellow arctic poppy Papaver croceum | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The Icelandic poppy is as short-lived as the career of a reality TV show contestant.

The beautiful Iceland poppy or Papaver nudicaule is a vibrant addition to a variety of locations, including flower beds and borders, city gardens, small garden designs such as courtyard gardens, as well as cottage garden designs. The Iceland poppy has grey-green, hairy leaves and saucer-shaped petals that come in a variety of colours such as yellow, white, orange and red. This is a hardy but short-lived plant that is ideally situated in areas that receive full sunlight, with chalky, loamy or sandy soil that is well-drained. The light fragrance of the Iceland poppy is an additional feature that adds to the charm of this bold bloom.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.4
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • root cuttings
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-7
Heat zone
  • H9-2
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -12
Heat days
  • 1 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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