The Poppy Family

The Poppy Family consists of about 44 genera with over 750 species. Some references include the Fumariaceae Family as a subgroup of this family. Most of the plants are herbaceous perennials with a few shrubs and small tropical trees included. They are mostly native to the Northern Hemisphere.

Mexican Pricklypoppy
Chinese Bloodroot
California Poppy
Black Spot Horned Poppy
Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart
Tree Celandine
Himalayan Blue Poppy
Tree Poppy
Wood Poppy or Celandine Poppy

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.


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