Arctic Poppy (Papaver nudicaule)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Arctic Poppy
Papaver nudicaule

Red and beige dyes are obtained from the flowers[168].

Yellow and brown dyes are obtained from the flower pods[168] (does this mean the immature flower bud or the developing seed head?).

  • Medicinal Use

    Anodyne, antiscorbutic[2, 61].

    The flowers and seed capsules are mildly diaphoretic[240].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – cooked[2]. Very agreeable to the taste, the leaves are a good source of vitamin C[2]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

    Seed – raw or cooked. Oleaginous and antiscorbutic, the seed is very agreeable to the taste[2]. It contains some opium[61]. Caution is advised, see note at top of page.

  • Cautionary Notes

    This plant is toxic to mammals, though the toxicity is low[76].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in situ[111]. Plants can be transplanted[200]. Division in March or October with care[111]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Root cuttings 10cm long, November/December in a cold frame.
Prefers a well-drained sandy loam in a sunny position[111, 200]. Prefers a fertile soil[200]. Prefers a deep soil that is poor and dry rather than rich, and strongly dislikes wet conditions[233]. Succeeds in dry soils. Prefers partial shade[188]. There are many named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. A short-lived perennial, it is often grown as an annual or biennial[200]. It often dies out in heavy soils or wet winters[111].
Northern sub-arctic regions.

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