Plant Now: Iceland Poppies


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Iceland poppies (Papaver nudicaule) are short-lived perennials that are usually grown as annuals. They’re hardy plants that bloom in winter and early spring.

They’re stunningly beautiful up close, with their tissue-paper blooms and yellow stamens that surround a prominent central pistil. Both stalks and buds are covered in hairs, the stalk often arched over, with its bud pointing downwards. When the bud splits open, the stem straightens (though not always) and a beautiful bright or pale coloured flower is revealed. It’s amazing to watch, and equally amazing when you have a whole bed of these wonderful blooms.

Iceland poppies can be planted by seed or seedlings, though it may be a couple of months yet before you find the seedlings in the garden centres. Sow the seeds now ready for transplanting in a month or two.

Plant in a limed, free-draining soil in full sun. Water well to maintain growth. Iceland poppies are excellent cut flowers.

Photo credits, from top to bottom: Datura; Floret FlowersBlue Cloud Farm; Blue Cloud Farm; Bloom & Co.

Plant Now: Iceland Poppies


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Iceland poppies
Iceland poppies (Papaver nudicaule) are a beacon of brightness during the cooler months, with their yellow, orange, pink, salmon or white blooms. They’re a hardy plant, able to withstand harsh weather, so sow seeds now for a winter-long display. When planting out, position in full sun otherwise stems will twist and turn in search of the sun.

These lovely images comes from Luxe Life (top photo) and Decor8.