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Papaver rhoeas

Corn poppy

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Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour






Skill level


Papaver rhoeas

Plant details

The wild field poppy enjoys cultivated, disturbed soil, which is why swathes of scarlet blooms often appear in cornfields. The basic form has scarlet, single flowers, each petal often marked at its base with a black blotch. Size varies according to the soil in which plants grow, the poorer the soil, the smaller and paler the blooms. They make good cut flowers if gathered early in the morning just as the green sheath is falling from the petals, but the blooms don't last long. Plants self-seed readily.

Family: Papaveraceae

Genus: Papaver

Species: rhoeas

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: June to August

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Does anyone know how and when you would sow these seeds? Thanks......

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