Plant of the Week- Buffalo Poppy

I’m glad to hear that you are looking forward to the new “Plant of the Week”.

The Buffalo Poppy.

The Buffalo Poppy.

You won’t be disappointed this week- the Buffalo Poppy. I believe it is a relative of the smartweed, which grows in the wet bottoms. The Buffalo Poppy grows anywhere- hills, valleys, road ditches.

The buffalo poppy has funny flowers- really no place for a bee to drink nectar.

The buffalo poppy has funny flowers- really no place for a bee to drink nectar.

The salmon colored “flowers” will eventually turn brown. And that’s when the real fun begins.

The salmon petals will turn brown and puff up.  When they are dry, you can "pop" them like bubble-wrap.

The salmon petals will turn brown and puff up. When they are dry, you can “pop” them like bubble-wrap.

If you catch the Buffalo Poppy at the right stage, you can burst the dry, brown flowers and they will pop like bubblewrap. I think the Buffalo Poppy uses this technique to blow its seeds out and about.

I would paint my living room this color. Does Sherman-Williams have a “Buffalo Poppy” color swatch?

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  1. Martha

    I am with you. The color of the Buffalo Poppy is so beautiful.

    They were gorgeous this year, just like all the wild flowers seem to be.

    The yuccas are blooming now, with a display that I have never witnessed before! I am surprised after last year’s terrible drought that the wild flowers are such a knockout.

    Last summer was a bitter taste of hell itself, but this spring is heaven!

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