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Papaver nudicaule Spring Feveru2122

Icelandic Poppy

Ideal for planting at the front of a boarder

A vibrant poppy with lots of wiry stems topped with fat buds which emerge from a neat mound of leaves. The buds open to reveal a large, glowing red, paper-thin flower. They make a lovely cut flower as well as creating a bold splash of colour. The seed heads that follow are like mini witches cauldrons, they can be dried and used in flower arrangements.


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


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 Spring, Summer
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand, Loam
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Gravel garden

Typically available

From April to September