Common Names: Icelandic Poppy, Polar Poppy, Arctic Poppy.

Botanical names: Papaver nudicaule

Availability: Spring through summer.

Vase life: 5 to 7 days.

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Solitary cup-shaped blossoms atop slender, hairy stems. The flowers can be up to three inches wide with petals that are often crinkled and papery in texture, giving them a delicate appearance.

Color: White, yellow, orange, pink, and red.

Botanical facts: Despite its name, the Icelandic poppy is not native to Iceland. It is native to subpolar regions of Europe and Asia.

Design notes: Icelandic poppies are very delicate flowers and work best with similar flowers and foliages. Their delicate, papery petals add a soft and textural element to a design. Consider placing the flowers in groupings for maximum visual impact.

Purchasing hints: Select stems with just a few buds opening and many unopened buds. Stems should be sturdy, undamaged, and upright.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage. Icelandic Poppies are geotropic, store with stems upright.

Additional notes: Icelandic poppies are beautifully suited for vegetative styled arrangements.