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Arctic poppy
Common Name:

Arctic poppy

Scientific Name:

Papaver radicatum, P. lapponicum

Unique Qualities:

The arctic poppy is extremely tough, but its flower petals are delicate. It is yellow and can grow up to 25cm in height. The whole plant is covered with black hairs. The arctic poppy is heliotropic meaning it turns its face to follow the sun. It does this to attract insects to the centre of its bloom.

Can be Seen:

Both yellow and white arctic poppies can be seen in Arctic areas. It is most common in Nunavut, Canada.

Likes to Hang Out:

The arctic poppy likes to hang out in Arctic meadows. It also likes to grow in the mountains, in the gravel beds of dry rivers, or in rocky high plains. It likes to grow among the rocks because the stones absorb heat from the sun and provide moist shelter for the roots.

Benefits of the Plant:

Parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested, it is toxic to some mammals but its toxicity level is low.


Arctic poppies are very rare and uncommon globally. Some species are abundant in certain areas but within a narrow range.


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