Iceland Poppy – Papaver nudicaule

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Iceland Poppy – Papaver nudicaule

Common Name: Iceland Poppy

Botanical Name: Papaver nudicaule, Pa-PAH-ver new-di-CAW-lee

Decorative Life: 5-7 days.

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Harvest Instructions:

Should be harvested when the buds have split such that the color can be seen underneath.

Family Roots:
  • Member of the Papaveraceae (poppy family).
  • Native to the Arctic region of North America, Eurasia. Hence, the common name!
  • Some not so common relatives include Dendromecon, Meconopsis and Romneya.
  • Has four papery petals around a center composed of many stamens, solitary at stem ends.
  • Stems are leafless, hairy, wiry, up to 24 inches long.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Storage Specifics:

36-41 F, in water for short time. Store upright to prevent geotropism (stem bending). Storage at 34F for one week did not reduce vaselife.

  • Poppies thrive in freshly turned soil, and grew by the millions in France during World War I. The ground was churned in battle, and as a consequence the Poppy has long been associated with war. The Opium Poppy has been used medicinally since ancient times, and its name comes from Latin “somnus” for sleep.
  • The specific epithet name “nudicaule” means naked stem, no leaves on stem.
  • Papaver is an old Latin name for poppy and is from “pappa” (food or milk), an allusion to the milky latex.
  • With many members of this genus, flowers only open after the calyx splits releasing the petals.