Sunday, May 2, 2010

Celadine poppy

The Celandine poppy, or golden wood poppy, (Stylophorum diphyllum) put on a spectacular show this week.

Until I moved to Kalamazoo, I didn't know this eye-catching wildflower. When I first saw it, I thought it was an escaped garden flower, since I had never seen it living in western New York or in Wisconsin. Much later, I read that it isn't native to those states. (See this USDA distribution map). Even in Michigan, these plants aren't widespread, occurring mainly in the western counties. They are beautiful.

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