Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stylophorum diphyllum AKA Wood Poppy

This past February, I was privileged to attend a pollinating seminar and native plant talk at the TBG.

Lorraine Johnson (notable author on Native Plants in Ontario) was one of the speakers at the seminar I attended and in her slideshow presentation, she had this plant depicted. I had come across this plant more than once before but knew very little about it. As soon as I saw the photo, I said "Yes!" out loud - delighted to get confirmation to my approach in keeping this "weed" in the garden.

Thankfully, I didn't yank them out last year. Ffffeeew! Lorraine spoke of Wood Poppies as being one of the first flowers in spring which native pollinators need to feed on. I've noticed many solitary bees feeding regularly.

Wood Poppies are a native perennial to southern Ontario, Canada.  Growing incredibly fast and full. In this spot, they have been flowering since the 1st week of May.

I was so pleased we didn't yank them out. They were much smaller and had one flower last year. Where they came from?...still is a mystery. Nonetheless, I am happy to situate them in the shaded part of the garden where they seem to thrive.

Wood Poppies are also known as Celandine Poppies. Flowering for some time now, their buds are just as beautiful as their flower. Hence, the name Poppy - those fuzzy buds are quite sweet.

So grateful to have this addition to the garden. Giving myself a pat on the back and thanking the heavens for dropping them in the garden for us to enjoy!

Having looked up more info at the Canadian Wildlife Federation site, I see they were listed as an endangered plant in 2000.  Here's hoping more will seed and propagate.


Please note:  See the Imposture Post I made after learning more about the above plant.


  1. I bought this at a local perennial nursery last spring, it flowered beautifully this year. I am hoping it will reseed. I also plan to save seed to start myself.

  2. Good! It self seeds, but I read on the Canadian Wildlife Federation site, that it is propagated by ants. Not sure how. I had several seedlings scattered nearest the larger plants that I resituated last year. Should do the same for you. Enjoy!


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