Beautiful Wood Poppy is reported in a number of scattered counties centering on Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, peripherally in Tennessee and Virginia — close to, but not actually occurring in NC. Named (“diphyllum”) for a pair of deeply lobed leaves just below the 1-2- inch bright yellow, delicate flowers, the Wood Poppy is a delightful, long-lived herbaceous perennial for shade or part sun. The plant is 12-18 inches tall, with distinctive, lobed, silver-backed foliage. It flowers heavily in April to June, and is then valued for its soft, fuzzy buds and dangling seed capsule borne singly or in clusters atop the 12-18-inch stems. This plant is aggressive and will readily spread by seeds in moist, rich soil but goes dormant in summer if allowed to dry out. It is not physically difficult to weed, but sometimes one hesitates to pull out such a little beauty when it shows up where it is not invited, and some prefer to have it in a naturalized area.