Icelandic poppy 'Solar Fire Orange' Papaver nudicaule 'Solar Fire Orange'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Icelandic poppy 'Solar Fire Orange'


'Solar Fire Orange' forms compactmounds of attractive green foliage, to 20cm high, 40cm wide, with single flowers held on stiff stems to 55cm. Flowers are glowing orange-red with a yellow-green eye, to 10cm in diameter

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Icelandic Poppy, Arctic Poppy

    • Common names

      Papaver nudicaule.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Blooms: The Papaver nudicaule 'Solar Fire Orange', commonly known as the Iceland Poppy, features vibrant orange flowers that add a burst of color to gardens.
    • Pollinator Friendly: Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects which are important for pollination.
    • Easy to Grow: Iceland Poppies are relatively easy to cultivate and can thrive in a variety of soil types, provided they are well-drained.
    • Seasonal Interest: These plants typically bloom in late spring to early summer, helping to fill the seasonal bloom gap in gardens.
    • Cold Tolerance: As their common name suggests, Iceland Poppies are tolerant of cold weather, making them suitable for cooler climates.
    • Ornamental Seed Pods: The seed pods of the Iceland Poppy are decorative and can add interest to the garden even after the flowers have faded.
    • Low Maintenance: They require minimal care once established, making them an excellent choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Versatile Use: Suitable for borders, rock gardens, and as part of wildflower mixes, which allows for diverse garden design applications.
    • Good Cut Flowers: The stems and blooms of Iceland Poppies are well-suited for use in fresh flower arrangements.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The Iceland poppy can be a source of colorant or dye due to its vibrant orange flowers, which can be used for fabric dying or even for natural pigments in art projects.
    • When dried, the petals of the Iceland poppy can be used in potpourri mixes to add a subtle fragrance and bright color to a room.
    • These plants can be used in educational settings, like schools or children's workshops, to teach about plant growth cycles and pollination due to their fast growth and insect attraction properties.
    • The stem and seedpods can be used in floral arrangements to add an interesting texture and form, especially after the blooming season is over.
    • Iceland poppy petals could be used as a natural confetti for outdoor celebrations, being biodegradable and less harming to the environment.
    • Taking inspiration from their vivid colors, Iceland poppies can be used in photography as a natural backdrop for portraits and macro photography subjects.
    • The hollow stems of Iceland poppies can be used in small-scale art projects, such as DIY crafting material for children to create mini sculptures or fairy gardens.
    • In the kitchen, while they are not widely known as an edible flower, the petals of Iceland poppy can be used to add a splash of color to salads or as an edible garnish, although one should always ensure the plant has not been treated with pesticides and is safe for consumption.
    • Iceland poppies can be part of a natural pest control strategy in gardens, attracting beneficial insects that prey on common pests.
    • As a symbol of peace and remembrance, Iceland poppy can be grown in memorial gardens or used during remembrance events.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Iceland Poppy is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Iceland Poppy is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Peace: Poppies, in general, have been used to symbolize peace, especially as a remembrance of those who have died in war. The 'Solar Fire Orange' variety, with its vibrant color, can be seen as a powerful symbol of a bright and peaceful future.
    • Rest: The poppy plant can symbolize rest and recovery, as it is associated with sleep due to the opiate properties found in some species of the genus which have been used as a sedative.
    • Resilience: Poppy plants can grow in difficult conditions and often blooming in areas where others cannot, symbolizing resilience and the ability to overcome hardship.
    • Beauty: With its striking orange blooms, the 'Solar Fire Orange' poppy is a symbol of natural beauty and can be a reminder to appreciate the spectacular yet transient nature of life.
    • Remembrance: Poppies are widely known for their symbolism in remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime, specifically in Commonwealth countries on Remembrance Day. This variety, with its fiery color, adds a passionate element to the act of remembering.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Iceland Poppies should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. During active growth in the spring and summer, water them deeply once a week, providing about one gallon of water for each plant. In hotter and drier periods, increase the frequency of watering to prevent the soil from drying out completely. Always allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again to avoid overwatering. In cooler weather or when the plants are dormant, reduce the amount of water to match the slower rate of growth.

  • sunLight

    Iceland Poppies thrive in full sunlight with at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. The best spot for these plants is an area that receives morning sunlight and some protection from intense afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates. Avoiding deep shade is crucial, as insufficient light can lead to poor bloom production and leggy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Iceland Poppies prefer cool to moderate temperatures and do best when daytime temperatures range between 55°F and 75°F. They can tolerate minimum temperatures down to approximately 20°F, and maximum temperatures up to about 90°F for brief periods, but prolonged heat can stress the plants. They perform optimally in climates with cool summers and may struggle in hot, humid areas.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Iceland Poppies is important for encouraging more blooms and maintaining plant health. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous blooming throughout the season. In late fall or early winter, after flowering has finished, cut back the foliage to an inch or two above the ground to tidy up the plant and help prevent diseases. Pruning is typically needed once the blooming season is over.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Iceland Poppy 'Solar Fire Orange' prefers a well-draining soil mix with ample organic matter. A mix of two parts garden soil, one part perlite or sand, and one part compost or well-rotted manure would provide good drainage and fertility. The ideal soil pH for Iceland Poppies is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Iceland Poppies, such as 'Solar Fire Orange', typically do not need frequent repotting as they are often grown as annuals or biennials. If grown as perennials, repotting might be required every 2-3 years, in early spring, if the plant outgrows its container or the soil becomes compacted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Iceland Poppy 'Solar Fire Orange' thrives in an environment with moderate humidity levels. They do not require high humidity; average room humidity is typically adequate. It's important to avoid overly humid conditions to prevent fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun exposure, cool temperatures, and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, protect from strong winds, well-drained soil, regular watering.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Iceland Poppy ('Solar Fire Orange') begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in the cool temperatures of early spring or in the autumn. After germination, the seedlings develop into a rosette of leaves at the soil surface, a period marked by vegetative growth where the plant builds up energy for flowering. As the weather warms, the plant sends up a flowering stalk with buds that will develop into vibrant orange blooms characteristic of the 'Solar Fire Orange' variety. The flowering stage occurs during late spring or early summer, and this is followed by pollination, often assisted by insects attracted to the plant's bright flowers. Once pollinated, the flowers will produce seed pods that, when mature, open to release seeds for dispersal by wind or other means. The plant is a short-lived perennial or biennial, meaning it may complete its life cycle in two years or occasionally persist longer before dying back, leaving seeds to start a new generation.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: The Iceland Poppy, known by its botanical name Papaver nudicaule 'Solar Fire Orange', is commonly propagated through seeds. The best time to sow these seeds is in late winter to early spring, as they require a period of cold to germinate successfully. Sowing can be done by scattering seeds onto the surface of a well-drained seed starting mix and lightly pressing them into the soil without covering them, as they need light to germinate. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and maintain a temperature around 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit (13-16 degrees Celsius). Seedlings typically emerge in 14 to 21 days. Once the seedlings have developed a couple of sets of true leaves and the threat of frost has passed, they can be transplanted into the garden, spacing them about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) apart to allow for full growth and blooms.