Field poppy

Papaver rhoeas

Field poppy - Papaver rhoeas

Common Name: Field poppy
Genus: Papaver
Species: rhoeas

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Once a common sight in cornfields this brilliant red field poppy is perfect for a sunny wildflower garden or meadow where it will self-seed freely. Profits from these seeds are used to protect existing wildflower areas and develop new sites where wildflowers can grow. In folklore field poppies were believed to cause thunderstorms.

  • Garden care: When sowing seeds do not use a fertiliser since wildflowers prefer poor soils. In autumn after flowering cut the faded flower-heads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.



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