Papaver rhoeas

Corn poppy

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Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour






Skill level


Papaver rhoeas

Plant details

Papaver rhoeas is a cornfield annual, typically found growing in cultivated arable land and roadside verges. It bears scarlet, single flowers, each petal often marked at its base with a black blotch. It's ideal for growing in annual wildflower meadows and also works well when dotted among herbaceous perennials in ornamental borders. It's extremely popular with bumblebees.

Papaver rhoeas makes a good cut flower if gathered early in the morning, just as the green sheath is falling from the petals, but the blooms don't last long. It thrives in full sun in well-drained soil, and self-seeds 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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