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PlantFiles: Snow Poppy, Chinese Bloodroot
Eomecon chionantha

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eomecon (ee-oh-MEE-kon) (Info)
Species: chionantha (kye-oh-NAN-tha) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive burien_gardener On May 3, 2013, burien_gardener from Burien (SW Seattle), WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful in moist shade. Spreads by underground runners which are very brittle, as are the leaf stems, and easily damaged by rough treatment. Shiny heart shaped leaves remain with enough irrigation. A drift of this plant is ethereal.

Nothing negative to say about it other than how easily it is damaged by wind, critters running through it, or careless maintenance.

Neutral amscram On May 7, 2010, amscram from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Snow poppy is undoubtedly beautiful when in bloom, even when just the leaves are present, but I would think twice about planting it in certain situations - it has spread like mad in my garden, popping up even from within dense plantings of monkey grass, which usually keeps most other plants out. I find I have to pull up quite a bit of it every year to keep it in bounds. (Baton Rouge, LA, zone 8b)

Positive jebramky On Sep 21, 2008, jebramky from Vista, CA wrote:

I bought this in bloom last February and it continued to bloom through March, went dormant for the summer, and the leaves have just sprung up again. I have it planted under a pine tree, where it gets mostly shade with some light afternoon sun and the soil remains moist. I love the light, airy look of this flower!

Positive irmaly On Jun 4, 2006, irmaly from boone, NC (Zone 5b) wrote:

I really like this poppy. It blooms late here in my zone 5b garden, provides an excellent groundcover (as others have already mentioned), and while it spreads, it is not invasive here--at least not yet. It is fleshy, and when I have tried to share it with friends, it is hard to get down deep enough to get enough root. Nonetheless, even with just a bit of root, it moves on to the next garden just fine after a bit of protest.

Neutral tcfromky On Aug 26, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This vigorous perennial from Eastern China spreads by rhizomes making a groundcover 16 inches high. White flowers, 2 inches across, in late spring, summer.

Positive dogbane On Nov 9, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant does quite well for me interplanted with Peacock ginger under oaks here in New Orleans. When the ginger goes dormant, the snow poppies begin their growth season. They never go completely dormant, though, so some always show through the gingers - just less leaves in the warmer months.

Positive asmarshall On Mar 20, 2003, asmarshall wrote:

I grow this in south eastern Australia in an area that is both cold (down to -10 C) and hot (up to 40 C). An attractive, ground covering perennial with juicy, fleshy stems that are prone to wind damage. Shelter from strong winds and hot sun. Delicate, four petalled, pure white flowers (which show up well in the shade) held well above the large, smooth, lobed leaves. Useful for shady areas where many plants are reluctant to flower. Spreads by underground rhizomes which are quite brittle and easily broken. Good looking leaves. best allowed to wander around and establish themselves anywhere you can grow ferns, astilbes etc

Neutral mystic On Nov 11, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

A creeping plant that spreads by rhizomes from Eastern China.Has pure white 2 inch poppy like blooms.Makes a good ground cover for shady areas.It spreads and in fertile soil can become invasive.Likes moist well drained soil in light shade.Will do fine in full sun if the soil is not let dry out in the summer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vista, California
Pensacola, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Maben, Mississippi
Boone, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Charleston, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Medina, Texas
Navasota, Texas

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