Woodland poppy, Pteridophyllum racemosum

Pteridophyllum racemosum

Woodland poppy

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Pteridophyllum racemosum
  • Common name: Woodland poppy
  • Family: Papaveraceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Semi-evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

The woodland poppy, Pteridophyllum racemosum is an unusual woodland perennial, so much so that it used to be part of the mono-generic family, Pteridophyllaceae, though the species has now been placed in the Papaveraceae (poppy) family.

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What makes Pteridophyllum racemosum stand out are its frond-like leaves, which give it the appearance of a fern, until the flowers appear. In late spring and early summer, racemes of clear white flowers are produced. It’s ideal for growing in cool, shady spots, so is great for east- and north-facing locations and can be used to form spectacular flowering carpets.

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For best results, grow Pteridophyllum racemosum in partial or full shade in moist, humus-rich and well-drained soil. Avoid planting it in alkaline soils.

How to grow Pteridophyllum racemosum

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do not Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do Collect seeds in July

Do Collect seeds in August

Do not Collect seeds in September

Do not Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Pteridophyllum racemosum and wildlife

Pteridophyllum racemosum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Pteridophyllum racemosum poisonous?

Pteridophyllum racemosum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Pteridophyllum racemosum

Adiantum pedatum
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