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17/07/2012 at 17:27



I didn't see the flowers. The seeds are small and black


17/07/2012 at 17:38

Ummmm - pretty difficult to identify from leaf and seed pods alone.  Plants are categorised by their flowers, so it makes this quite hard.  I think that I would make sure that it didn't self-seed (in case it's a thug) and save the seed to grow in pots to see what happens.  You never know - it may be something quite special!

(There may be someone out there, however, who is cleverer than I and will be able to help you.)

17/07/2012 at 17:43
Probably welsh poppy - meconpsis cambrica. Once you have it, they will pop up everywhere.
17/07/2012 at 17:56

Wow you guys are fast.


Thanks so much for your replies. I've just got an allotment so my interest in all things of nature has increased a lot. I've kept the seeds and I'll plant in a pot next year.

17/07/2012 at 18:41

It looks as though some of the seeds may already have been distributed!

17/07/2012 at 18:58

yes, a lot of the pods were empty

17/07/2012 at 20:04
Well at least you know what it looks like now...believe me, no need to save seed!
17/07/2012 at 21:41

I love these simple poppy flowers.    I have them in my garden, more and more each year, both in yellow and a few in orange.   I have never planted them, they just arrived.   I agree with Figrat - definitely no need to sow seeds!

17/07/2012 at 22:10

In fact, it might be an idea to deadhead them in future, or they grow to pest proportions quite rapidly. They are perennial, with a thick taproot, and will re-grow from any scrap of root.

18/07/2012 at 00:06

Welsh poppies - meconopsis cambrica. once you have them they will take over which is lovely if all you have are weeds. V hard to control.

18/07/2012 at 07:45

Hmmmm I spotted these for the first time this year on a path I walk down to work, I absolutely fell in love with it, the yellow flower I thought was stunning.  Once the flowers died back I picked the seeds pods to plant in my garden - wondering if I should now

18/07/2012 at 08:03
Well they are pretty flowers! An easy way to limit their profligate habits is, just as they're running to seed, grasp the whole plant, leaves and all, then with a sharp twist, yank the whole thing out. It won't get rid of the deep taproot, new foliage will soon come in to fill the gap. Wouldn't recommend composting the seed heads either. They are easy to remove when small, but more of a challenge when established.
18/07/2012 at 10:41

Isn't it interesting how some people cannot grow plants that most people regard as virtually weeds?  I have never, ever been able to get welsh poppy to settle here - though I did eventually get lily of the valley to get going.  japanese anemones grow, but do not spread, unlike oregano which in its various guises is absolutely everywhere, along with hardy geraniums!

18/07/2012 at 11:00

They look a little like the yellow poppies in my garden which just keep going and going and going!!!!!

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