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Papaver, Arctic Poppy, Iceland Poppy, Perennial Poppy 'Champagne Bubbles'

Papaver nudicaule

Family: Papaveraceae (pa-pav-er-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Papaver (puh-PAY-ver) (Info)
Species: nudicaule (new-dee-KAW-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Champagne Bubbles


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink







Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Seward, Alaska

Huntington Beach, California

Lake Forest, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Gainesville, Florida

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Rockwood, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

Carson City, Nevada

Reno, Nevada

West Islip, New York

Wilmington, North Carolina

Portland, Oregon

Chalfont, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Sterling, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 14, 2011, jody03 from Iowa City, IA wrote:

This is a beautiful plant, but here in southeastern Iowa it's generally too hot for it to flourish. I've discovered a couple of little places (microclimates) in my garden where they'll grow and reseed from year to year, but it's a chancy thing. Here they need shade during the hottest part of the day, and well-drained soil. The reseeded plants aren't the same color as their parents.


On Jun 26, 2006, maalfred from Rockwood, MI wrote:

I bought this plant on a whim and it is now my very favorite. It hasn't quit blooming since I got it. It's blooms are orange, peach, yellow and cream. My very favorite, though, are the ones that are bright yellow with orange along the edges of the petals. I haven't taken any special care of it. I just water it regularly and remove the spent blooms.


On Jun 23, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This poppy loves full sun but not extreme heat. Moderate water and well drained soil, along with frequent deadheading will ensure vigorous, showy blooms in creamy white, salmon, coral, and oranges blooming from January through late April in Zone 10a. Plant will begin to slow down as summer temperatures rise. Leave last burst of blooms on their stalks to set seed to sow in Fall. Despite it's delicate appearance it is quite resistant to pests and disease. Remove dead leaves from base of plant as needed. Transplants easily.