Sometimes called Arctic poppies, they are known for their delicate, papery petals and vibrant colors, ranging from pure white to yellow, pink, orange, and even red.
- Delicate petals: The petals of Iceland poppies are thin and papery, giving the flowers a delicate and almost translucent appearance. The petals also have a slight crinkled texture that adds to their charm.
- Color variety: Iceland poppies come in a wide range of colors, from soft pastels to bright, vivid hues. This variety of colors makes them a popular choice for gardens and flower arrangements.
- Long blooming season: Iceland poppies are known for their long blooming season, which can last from early spring through late summer or even into fall.
- Easy to grow: They prefer cool temperatures and moist, well-drained soil, and can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
- Symbolism: Iceland poppies are often associated with comfort and consolation, and are sometimes used in funerals or to express sympathy. In the language of flowers, they can also symbolize dreams and success.
Iceland/Arctic poppies are cold-hardy plants, even with their delicate-looking blooms. These perennials are also are also excellent deer-resistant perennials. We don't recommend planting from seed (takes too long to get results) but instead purchase the perennials in the early spring from your favorite garden nursery.
Likes lots of sunshine but will tolerate partial shade.
Soil: Arctic poppies thrive in rich, well-draining soil.
Water: Too much water may be the number one enemy to Arctic poppies. Soggy soil can lead to blight or fungus, which makes for unhappy poppy plants. They do like a consistent watering schedule but don't overwater.
It's also important to avoid spraying water on the flowers and leaves, as the weight of the droplets can damage the delicate blooms.
Fertilizer: This kind of poppy likes consistent and frequent fertilizing. Your poppies will appreciate consistent food every other week.
To keep your poppies healthy and continually blooming, deadhead/remove old blooms. This encourages your poppies to produce more flowers.