Common Poppy

Papaver rhoeas

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas

I adore poppies of all kinds. I don’t know why, but I just have a thing for them, and when I see one across the fields, or a field full of them, I have to make tracks there immediately.

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas

Also known as the ‘Corn Poppy’,  ‘Field Poppy’ or ‘Flanders Poppy’, amongst other names, this is a bright and splendid annual with vivid scarlet flowers which may form stunningly beautiful drifts of red across wild flower meadows or cultivated fields. The seeds can lay dormant for up to 80 years.

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas

Flowers June to September. Found in disturbed ground of all kinds, arable land and meadows. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas


June 2010, local field, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2010.

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21 thoughts on “Common Poppy

  1. This is a wonderful subject Pete, I love the delicacy of poppies, and the colour. Beautiful up close and equally beautiful when there’s a huge splash of them across a field.

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