Botanical Name: Papaver nudicaule
Common Name: Iceland Poppy  
Plant photo of: Papaver nudicaule
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Orange, Pink, Yellow, White


Flower Season

Winter, Spring


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Seascape


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Patio, Park, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Normans/Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This Iceland Poppy produces leaves that are divided with flowers appearing on stems 1-2' high. These flowers are cup-shaped to 3" across, and come in colors of yellow, orange, salmon, rose, pink and cream.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.