|Photo 1. General image of Papaver radicatum
Papaver radicatum, commonly known as arctic poppy Arctic poppy, rooted poppy, and yellow poppy, is a provincially blue listed flowering plant in BC. Federally it is not listed. It is part of the poppy family. It is a dicot with a perennial lifecycle. They are commonly found in mountains habitats.
Papaver radicatum is a flowering plant that is 6-18 cm tall. The leaf shape is lanceolate (long, wider in the middle, shaped like a lance tip) or palmatisequee. Their surface is smooth. Leaves are arranged rosette. Leaves are the stalks two-thirds the leaf length. The stems form is erect. The stem is brown or green in colour and has a hairy surface. The flowers have 4 white, pink, yellow or red pedals or sepals. Flowers are 8-14 mm long. Fruit are brown in colour and approximately 0.8-1.2 cm long The fruit are hairy. It has a tap or hairy root structure.
Their prefered habitat is mountains. Sun exposure is typically full sun. They typically grow in rocky or gravel soil. Moisture requirements are dry. It can be found from 0 m to 2000 m in elevation. It can be found in British Columbia, Canada. Papaver radicatum is found in the spruce-willow-birch, boreal-white-and-black-spruce, sub-boreal-pine-spruce, sub-boreal-spruce, engelmann-spruce-subalpine-fir, montane-spruce, interior-douglas-fir or coastal-western-hemlock biogeoclimatic zone(s).