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
• Family: Papaveraceae
• 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"