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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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