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Papaver radicatum (Rooted poppy)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Papaver radicatum

Papaver radicatum Rottb.

Rooted Poppy, Alpine Poppy

Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)


USDA Symbol: PARA11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N)

A low, tufted, brownish-hairy plant bearing 1 bowl-shaped flower with 4 pale yellow or white petals atop each stalk.

Alpine Poppy was only recently named, after completion of a study of all poppies from northern Canada and high in the Rocky Mountains. The smaller Pygmy Poppy (P. pygmaeum), 1 1/4-2 1/2 inches (3-6.5 cm) tall, with pale salmon petals 1/2-inch (1.5 cm) long, grows at high elevations in southern Alberta and northwestern Montana.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Yellow or white, rarely pink tinged or brick red.


USA: AK , CO , ID , MT , NM , UT , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NL , NT , NU , QC , YT
Native Distribution: Throughout much of Arctic North America and south in Rocky Mountains to northeastern Utah and northern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Tundra and rocky, alpine slopes.

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Papaver radicatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Papaver radicatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Papaver radicatum


Record Modified: 2023-04-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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