Celandine Poppies and Other Spring Wonders

Just got back from a week’s vacation with Judy (more on the trip once Judy has sorted the 1,500+ photos she took – thank God she has a digital camera). Pulled up to the house and first thing I noticed was the celandine poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) blooming their hearts out.  

This is another midwest native wildflower I’m very fond of, but don’t see very often in gardens around here. Its flowers have four petals and are a clear, golden yellow. The seed pods are evocative of poppies, and the foliage is deeply lobed and a dusty blue-green. Celandine poppies like shade and will tolerate drier soils, though they may go dormant if they dry out.

Celandine Poppies in my front yard.

These are tough plants. Some garden writers claim they are too aggressive, but that hasn’t been my experience. They will self-sow, but not excessively.

I’ve got them planted on the east side of the bed that runs from the sidewalk up to my front door. The taller plants in the middle will shade the celandine poppies when the weather gets hot. Right now, there’s a nice contrast between the blue grape hyacinths and nepeta (just beginning to bloom), and they yellow celandine poppies. The nepeta “kit kat” is planted along the west edge of the bed, where they get the hot afternoon sun they appreciate.

Blue and yellow makes a nice contrast, no?

On other fronts, the bleeding heart is looking especially fetching this spring. And the ostrich ferns, which are starting their second season, are off to a promising start.

Bleeding hearts and ostrich ferns. The ostrich ferns are supposed to grow as big as 6' tall. I'd like to see that.

2 Comments on “Celandine Poppies and Other Spring Wonders”

  1. From your photos it is clear that it is a lot colder in Heath. We are at 1700 feet, as well as lacking any moderating lake. I am interested in your celandine. When I was working as a librarian at a tiny library we had some kind of celandine growing our front that some called a weed. It looked similar to yours but I never noticed poppy-like seed heads. You have a lovely garden.

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