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Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine poppy)
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Stylophorum diphyllum

Celandine poppy

Golden-yellow flowers appear in spring (4-petaled)
Habit: Open woods, in rich, often neutral soil
Culture: Desirable for the wild garden or shady border
Native Range: Midland and adjacent Northeastern states

Brilliant yellow flowers bloom in spring atop blue-green, pinnately lobed foliage. Leaf underside has a silvery cast. An easy to grow native that will self sow and form a dense shade groundcover. Tolerates all but the driest conditions. Beautiful with Virginia Bluebells, Columbine, Goats Beard, Wild Ginger and Woodland Phlox.

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12-24 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Celandine poppy Interesting Notes

Underground stems are thick, the stems contain a bright yellow sap which was formerly used as a dye by Native Americans. Native to Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia.

Stylophorum diphyllum Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plants will go dormant in early summer if soils dry out. No serious insect or disease problems. Self-seeding may be a problem if plants are grown in borders. Best grown in medium to wet, humusy soils in part shade to full shade.

Good Companions

wild columbine, Canadian columbine Aquilegia canadensis
goat's beard, bride's feathers Aruncus dioicus

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Early Spring
Early Spring

Additional Information

Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Moist Shade
Native to North America