The Plant Native

Celandine Poppy


If you live in the Mid-Atlantic and have a shady spot, this is the plant for you. Celandine poppies cover themselves in bright yellow flowers in the early spring and bloom again in the late fall. They are easy to grow, short—perfect for borders—and stay green throughout the summer. A full-proof flower to plant and adore, year after year. Scroll down for planting tips.

Part Shade – Shade
12-18″ tall
Springtime flowers
Stylophorum diphyllum
In the wild, Celandine Poppies will cover forests in greenery and blooms, before the trees leaf out

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Explore the history, types, and where to plant native Celandine Poppy

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The native range of the Celandine Poppy (map from USDA)

Where is Celandine Poppy native?

Celandine Poppy is native to the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the Midwest

How to grow Celandine Poppy

Celandine Poppies love shady, damp areas. Their natural habitat is beneath trees that shed leaves to keep the soil consistently moist and always full of organic matter. If you have a spot in your landscaping that sounds similar, that is the spot to plant Celandine Poppies. 

Here is a quick overview of a gardener’s use of Celandine Poppies in their garden (along with some native azaleas!)

Added bonus: Celandine Poppy is deer-proof

Deer do NOT eat Celandine Poppy! If you’re worried about deer nibbling your garden, Celandine Poppies are a perfect native plant. 

What to plant with Celandine Poppy

Pair Celandines with other native plants that like shade and moist areas. Plants like Alum Root and ferns are perfect pairings.

Heuchera 'Green-Spice' by Patrick Standish

Alum Root (Heuchera)




Mountain Laurel




Red Columbine


Tulip Poplar

Celandine Poppy is an excellent native flower for any shady, consistently moist area. Because they are short, they are also perfect for borders or underneath trees. Plant them once and they will come back, year after year.

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