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Icelandic Poppy

Perfect for a shady spot

Tissue-like petals in glowing shades of yellow, orange, red or creamy white make these charming plants a highlight of the spring garden and a magnet for early bees and other insects.

Where?

Happiest in full sun. A great choice for a rock garden, the front of a border or a container in a sunny spot.

How?

Easy to grow in very well drained soil. Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds, City garden, Courtyard garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September