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Glaucidium palmatum (Japanese wood poppy)

Glaucidium palmatum

Japanese wood poppy

If you dwarfed flowering raspberry ( Rubus odoratus , Zones 3–7) and sent it to finishing school, Japanese wood poppy would be the result. Birders will note that Glaucidium is also the name of a genus of owls, and gardeners may, ahem, hoot and flap when they see Japanese wood poppy in full bloom. This debutant may need a year or two to refine before flowering, but when it does, the coming-out party is a show of violet sepals. (White varie­ties are also available.) Naturally, it will wilt in the heat and will require shade and regular water. -Justin Nichols, #Fine Gardening 147 (October 2012), page 70 

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSilky and pastel-colored blossoms in shade.

CareKeep Japanese wood poppy properly hydrated, and you can enjoy its brilliant color in the shade.

ProblemsSuffers in heat.

  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Uses : Shade
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