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There are a number of showy flowers, typically with one per stem, belonging to the poppy family. They include a number of attractive wildflower species with showy flowers found growing singularly or in large groups; many species are also grown in gardens. Those that are grown in gardens include large plants used in a mixed herbaceous border and small plants that are grown in rock or alpine gardens.
The flower color of poppy species include: white, pink, yellow, orange, red and blue; some have dark center markings. The species that have been cultivated for many years also include many other colors ranging from dark solid colors to soft pastel shades. Before blooming, the petals are crumpled in bud, and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away.
Poppies may be found in the genera:
- Meconopsis —— Himalayan poppy, Welsh poppy and relatives.
- Papaver —— Iceland poppy, Oriental poppy, Opium poppy, corn poppy and about 120 other species.
- Romneya —— Matilija poppy and relatives.
- Eschscholzia —— California poppy and relatives.
- Stylophorum —— Celandine-poppy, mock poppy, yellow-poppy, wood-poppy.
- Argemone —— Prickly-poppy
- Canbya —— Pygmy-poppy
- Stylomecon —— Wind-poppy
- Arctomecon —— Desert bearclaw-poppy
- Hunnemannia —— Tulip poppy
- Dendromecon —— Tree poppy