Iceland Poppy Fast Facts


Despite their Nordic-sounding name, Iceland poppies will grow in most areas of the US. Colorful and hardy, poppies are thought to represent fertility and good fortune.

Botanical Name

Iceland poppy is a member of the Papaveraceae family. Its botanical name is Papaver nudicaule.


Iceland poppies grow to a maximum height of 24 inches. Foliage is grayish-green and fuzzy.


Flowers are typically in shades of white, cream, orange and yellow. Single and double flowers appear atop slender stems during May and June and will rebloom if picked.

Hardiness and Range

Iceland poppies are semi-perennial in the North and perennial in the South. They will reseed freely in all regions.


Poppies grow best in well-drained soil. They need full sun.


Poppies are used in flower gardens and wildflower meadows. Mass plantings create a dramatic display.


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