Arctic poppies growing on Ellesmere Is. Canada

Arctic poppy

Arctic poppies are one of the most northerly growing plants in the world. Covered in black hair they are hardy and tough, with some surprisingly delicate yellow or white petals. These flowers continually turn to face the sun, tracking its progress across the sky, and attracting insects to the centre of the bloom. Arctic poppies are found growing in meadows, mountains and dry river beds. They thrive among stones that both absorb the sun's heat and provide shelter for the roots. Within their Arctic range they are most common in the Nunavut region of Canada.

Scientific name: Papaver radicatum

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Rooted poppy,
  • Yellow poppy

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The Arctic poppy can be found in a number of locations including: Arctic, Europe, North America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Arctic poppy distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Plants
  3. Flowering plants
  4. Dicotyledons
  5. Ranunculales
  6. Papaveraceae
  7. Papaver
  8. Arctic poppy

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