Iceland/ Arctic Poppy – Papaver nudicaule

Iceland Poppy
Iceland Poppy

A boreal flowering plant that is native to the sub polar regions of Northern Europe and North America. The flowers are large, papery, and bowl shaped with a light sweet fragrance. All parts of the plant are considered poisonous containing toxic alkaloids.

The flowers and seed capsules are mildly diaphoretic. Leaves – cooked are very agreeable to the taste, the leaves are a good source of vitamin C. Like other poppies they contain opium, but in low levels compared to other poppies. Caution in consumption is advised.

Red and beige dyes are obtained from the flowers. Yellow and brown dyes are obtained from the flower pods

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