Early one spring, my friend Nancy gave me a Celandine poppy that she rooted out from her backyard garden bed. In the right spot (light shade, moist, rich soil) it opens its bright yellow flowers in April in Middle Tennessee, and I’m embarrassed to have to let Nancy (and the general public) know that it didn’t succeed in my garden.
In her book, Gardening With the Native Plants of Tennessee, Nashville wildflower expert Margie Hunter writes, “Wood poppies form leafy clumps of stems 12 to 18 inches tall. Loose clusters of hairy buds open into bright yellow, 2-inch flowers through April and May. Fuzzy drooping seedpods develop. Leaves are grayish green and pinnately cut into several lobes.”
Along with light shade, the poppies appreciate slightly acid soil. They are easy to share, as you can divide them or sow seeds. “They readily self-sow, and if germination gets out of hand, just snip off the large seedpods before they open,” Hunter says.
Celandine poppy (wood poppy) – Stylophorum diphyllum