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A bright wood poppy in my Pennsylvania garden
Stylophorum diphyllum, also called Celandine Poppy, is a native Virginia wildflower. It grows in moist woodlands all over the East Coast of the US.
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Plants grow about 1.5 feet tall from rhizomes. Leaves are pinnately cut and lobed. They grow from the base and off the flowering stems.
In spring, the deep yellow flowers of the Wood Poppy appear as a brilliant display on the forest floor. The flowers have 4 yellow petals, two soon falling sepals, many yellow-orange stamens, and a single knobby stigma. They appear in umbels of one or more flowers from early spring to early summer.
After fertilization, a bristly blue-green pod hangs below the leaves. Seeds with white elaiosomes ripen in midsummer and the pod opens by four flaps