This herbaceous perennial, now a naturalized wildflower, was imported by European settlers in the 1600’s because of its myriad medicinal values. A member of the poppy family, it was used for treating skin ailments, improving eye sight, alleviating tooth aches, tonifying the liver and as anti-cancer medicinal, among others. Plant sap also useful fabric dye. Shade-loving woodland plant with pretty yellow flowers in spring and early summer. Pollinator friendly. Permaculture, polyculture and homestead garden plant. Also known as Celandine Poppy and Wood Poppy.
Direct seed into shady garden spot with fast draining soil in the spring after last frost. Cover seeds lightly, keep soil moist and thin to about 12-18 inches. Can also sow seeds in fall for early spring growth. Grows to about 2 ft; flowers April-June.