Celandine Poppy (Care Of Celandine Poppy)
The Care Of Celandine Poppy: Can You Grow Celandine Poppies In The Garden is a perennial plant from the family Asteraceae or aster family. It belongs to the species named as Celandia grandiflora. Its scientific name is CELANDIA GRANDIFORA . The genus name comes from Latin “cel” meaning “on top”, and “dia” meaning “flower”.
It was first described in 1838 by German botanist Carl Linnaeus. It is one of the most popular plants used for its white flowers with pink centers. They are very pretty and have been known to make a nice addition to any garden setting. Celandine poppies grow best in full sun but they will tolerate partial shade if cared for properly.
They require well drained soil and can survive dry conditions if not over watered too much.
They do not like wet soils so they need regular watering. If left unattended, they may become root bound and die. When grown indoors, they prefer bright light and indirect sunlight. They prefer moist soil but can handle dry conditions if kept well watered.
They are drought tolerant so long as their water requirements are met. They like rich soil but will tolerate poor drainage conditions if provided with adequate drainage holes in the ground around them. Each plant should be provided with a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight to bloom properly. They may bloom indoors provided that you provide them with the right sunlight and other growing conditions.
Celandine poppies are easy to grow plants and do not require any special care. They can thrive in almost any condition and survive under adverse conditions. Each plant may live up to 10 years if cared for properly. They can also self-seed and spread through the garden.
The plant is also available in some areas.
Celandine poppies contain toxin called “cucurbitacin” which can be poisonous and toxic to humans and animals if ingested. They may cause stomach pains, diarrhea, vomiting, hallucinations and other digestive tract distress. Ingestion can lead to severe illness and even death in severe cases. The toxin is not destroyed by cooking or freezing the plant material.
It is found primarily within the roots, leaves, flowers and seeds. If you grow or work with these plants, wear protective gloves to prevent direct skin contact with any part of the plant. The toxin can also be found on the outside of the plant so gloves must be worn at all times. Wash your hands thoroughly after working with the plant. Avoid using any portion of the plant in cooking or eating and never give these plants to children or animals even if they are “organically grown”.
Some people may also be allergic to this plant so if you know you have an allergy to the daisy or sunflower family, you should not grow or touch this plant. If you notice any of the above symptoms after handling the plant, seek immediate medical attention. The toxin is water-soluble so it can be washed off the skin but the sooner, the better.
Celandine is a very pretty plant and can add a lot to your garden setting. Just be aware of the dangers of this plant and take the necessary precautions when handling it or working with it.
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Sources & references used in this article:
Poppies: A guide to the poppy family in the wild and in cultivation. by C Grey-Wilson – 1993 – cabdirect.org
The medieval garden by S Landsberg – 2003 – books.google.com
Recovery Strategy for the Wood-poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) in Canada by RG Hatton – 1909 – Chapman and Hall, Limited
Recovery Strategy for the Wood-poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) in Canada [Proposed] by R Mabey – 1996 – Random House