Common Poppy – Papaver rhoeas

Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is also known as Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy, REd Poppy, Corn Rose or Corn Poppy and as the name suggests it is a member of the Poppy Family. It can reach a height of between 30 – 60cm.

The commom poppy is a tough plant that is widespread throughout the UK countryside. The red petals are instantly recognised and is best seen during the summer months, the large red flowers with the black looking center are found in cornfields. It is most commonly found on light, calcareous soil, and is pollinated by insects in particular bumble bees.
The seeds are produced from July onwards can remain dormant in the soil for many years. These seeds are relied upon by the Poppy to regenerate in the open ground, this is often due to the other plants around it dying back in the summer months allowing the light, open space to form.

Height: 30 – 60cm
Flowering Time: June – Onwards
Preferred Conditions:

Common Poppy - Papaver rhoeas