April 26, 2017

Iceland Poppy

Kyōto Botanical Garden, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8
京都府立植物園(京都市左京区下鴨半木町)

Iceland poppies are native to the northern parts of North America and Asia. Wild varieties have orange or yellow flowers on stems that tend to bend over. Well-bred varieties have strong stems with flowers that come in white, orange, yellow, shades of pink and blends of colors. They have petals that are thin enough that much sunlight gets through making them seem brighter than the usual flower. Sometimes catalogs list them as perennials however given that they don't handle heat very well they're often listed as annuals or biennials. Someone in Edmondton, Alberta, Canada wrote me to say that his poppies last 2-4 years.

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