Today in Our Gardens: Well-behaved poppies

DSC_0072Some poppies are great, a lot of poppies or an onslaught, well, that is too much of a good thing. If you want to add poppies to your garden, we suggest what is blooming now in our gardens, native celandine poppy (stylophorum diphyllum).

Just the Facts

Height: 12-14 inches
Leaves are deeply lobed and serrated with a silvery gray tint and tiny hairs.
Flowers are bright yellow, poppy-like, yellow flowers.
Blooms in March and April
They prefer a bit of sun in the early spring and shady to part shady location, ideally created by a deciduous tree, in soil that is rich and slightly acid.
Moisture is key! Poppies are not drought tolerant, and will do best if kept in consistently moist soil. If the plant is well established it may go dormant during a drought. While you will not lose the plant, a little watering will keep it with us throughout the summer.

Propagation: Easily reproduces from seeds, if you can keep the chipmunks away! Instead, wait for your poppies to mature then, divide the rhizome in the spring, leaving two eyes per plant for pre-planting. Be patient, the growth of new poppies after division may be a bit slow, but it will happen!

Native celandine is a native plant found from western Pennsylvania north to Wisconsin and Michigan, south to Arkansas, Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia

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