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Reviews of Poppies: A Guide to the Poppy Family in the Wild and in Cultivation

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Author (1): Christopher Grey-Wilson

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: February 2001
Published by: Timber Press
List price: $37.95
ISBN Number: 0881925039



  Garden Bookworm editor's notes:  
Poppies, first published in 1993, was the first book devoted exclusively to these popular plants. Not only are the true poppies, genus Papaver, covered, but all the other members of the poppy family as well. The book includes the horned poppies Glaucium, the tree poppies Dendromecon, the California poppies Eschscholzia, the desert poppies Arctomecon, the prickly poppies Argemone, the pygmy poppies Canbya, the plumed poppies Macleaya, the blue poppies Meconopsis, the long-fruited poppies Roemeria, and many more.

Grey-Wilson concentrates primarily on species and forms in cultivation, together with those species of striking or particular interest that are not present in cultivation but fully deserve to be introduced. For this new edition, the author included much new information about recent discoveries in the wild, as well as new cultivars introduced since Poppies was first published. There are general chapters on the family, cultivation, and classification, and a key to the genera. The individual genera, grouped into their respective subfamilies, are dealt with in detail, as are their more specialized cultivation requirements. Important synonyms have been included to avoid confusion or ambiguity. Botanical authorities are given for all recognized species and synonyms.

This work will be very welcome to committed gardeners and horticulturists as a much-needed - and profusely illustrated - source of practical and botanical information.

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Positive rutholive On Feb 13, 2004, rutholive wrote:

Poppies are one of my favorite plants and this book covers most poppies native and cultivated. It was revised in 2000. For anyone growing papaver it is a necessary book. rutholive

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