Botanical name: Papaver rhoeas
Other names: Common poppy, Shirley poppy, Thunder flower, Wind rose, Red cornflower, Red poppy, Redweed, Headache plant, Corn rose, Field poppy, Flanders poppy, Copper rose, Cornflower, Corn poppy, Cheese cowl, Cock rose, Canker rose, Cheese couls, African rose, Blue-eyes
Species: P. rhoeas - P. rhoeas is an herbaceous perennial with finely-divided foliage and papery, orange-red flowers with black centres in spring and summer.
Papaver rhoeas is: Deciduous
Flower: Red in Summer
Foliage: Grey-green in Summer
Specific pests: Aphids
Specific diseases: Downy mildew
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Papaver rhoeas (Common poppy) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.
Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife
Cultivation: Plant in well-drained fertile soil in full sun.
Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy
Soil drainage: Well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Light: Full Sun
Aspect: South, West
Exposure: Sheltered, Exposed
Hardiness: Hardy (H4)
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Common poppy has no nectar but the flowers provide pollen for bees. Beetles feed in the seed capsules and some species may overwinter here when the capsules are empty: a good reason for leaving them when the flowers are over.
This is a plant of disturbed ground and crop fields that have not been treated with weedkiller, hence its carpeting of battlefields during and after the First World War. Common poppy has no nectar but the flowers provide pollen for bees. Beetles feed in the seed capsules and some species may overwinter here when the capsules are empty: a good reason for leaving them when the flowers are over.
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