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Poppies : a guide to the poppy family in the wild and in cultivation
Grey-Wilson, Christopher.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2000.
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256 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Poppies, first published in 1993, was the first book devoted exclusively to these popular plants. Not only are the true poppies, genus Papaver, covered, but all the other members of the poppy family as well, including Glaucium, Dendromecon, Eschscholzia, Arctomecon, Argemone, Canbya, the plumed poppies Macleaya, Meconopsis, Roemeria, and many more. Grey-Wilson concentrates primarily on species and forms in cultivation, together with those species of striking or particular interest that are not present in cultivation but fully deserve to be introduced. For this new edition, the author included much new information about recent discoveries in the wild, as well as new cultivars introduced since Poppies was first published. There are general chapters on the family, cultivation, and classification, and a key to the genera. The individual genera, grouped into their respective subfamilies, are dealt with in detail, as are their more specialized cultivation requirements. Important synonyms have been included to avoid confusion or ambiguity. Botanical authorities are given for all recognized species and synonyms. This work will be very welcome to committed gardeners and horticulturists as a much-needed-and profusely illustrated-source of practical and botanical information.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 7
Preface to the New Editionp. 16
Acknowledgementsp. 17
Introductionp. 19
The Poppy Family: Papaveraceaep. 21
Cultivationp. 24
Classificationp. 29
Key to Generap. 31
1 Subfamily Chelidonioideae The Plumed Poppies: Macleayap. 34
The Tree Celandines: Bocconiap. 36
The Greater Celandine: Chelidoniump. 38
The Forest Poppy: Hylomeconp. 40
The Celandine Poppies: Stylophorump. 42
The Horned Poppies: Glauciump. 45
The Eastern Horned Poppies: Dicranostigmap. 51
The Snow Poppy: Eomeconp. 53
Bloodroot: Sanguinariap. 55
2 Subfamily Eschscholzioideae The Californian Poppies: Eschscholziap. 58
The Tulip Poppy: Hunnemanniap. 67
The Tree Poppies: Dendromeconp. 69
3 Subfamily Papaveroideae The True Poppies: Papaverp. 71
The Long-fruited Popppies: Roemeriap. 142
The Woodland Poppy: Cathcartiap. 145
The Blue Poppies: Meconopsisp. 148
The Prickly Poppies: Argemonep. 213
The Desert Poppies: Arctomeconp. 226
The Pygmy Poppies: Canbyap. 229
The Wind Poppy: Stylomeconp. 230
The California Tree Poppies: Romneyap. 232
4 Subfamily Platystemonoideae Cream Cups: Platystemonp. 236
Platystigmas: Platystigmap. 239
Meconellas: Meconellap. 241
Allied Genera (formerly Subfamily Hypecooideae) The Little Poppies: Hypecoump. 243
The Fern Poppy: Pteridophyllump. 247
Major Referencesp. 249
Glossaryp. 250
Indexp. 252