No flower is quite as lovely as Iceland poppy when the sun shines through the chiffon petals. These orange, pale pink, yellow, and white blossoms will light up your garden in spring. They're fairly drought tolerant, too!
Botanical Name: Papaver nudicaule
Native: Sub-artic Asia, and sub-artic North America
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 2–8, usually grown as annual. If grown as perennial, it is short-lived, lasting up to 3 years.
Plant Dimensions: 12″–24″ tall, 12″ wide
Variety Information: 3″ sweetly fragrant flowers of orange, pale pink, yellow, and white colors, atop slender, stiff, leafless, tall stems
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to early summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or early to mid-fall for bloom the following spring. Optimal soil temperature is 50°- 60°F. Mild Climates: Late summer to early fall for winter and spring bloom.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Does not transplant well; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Press seeds into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 6″