Common Poppy - Papaver rhoeas

Alt Name

Medium height roughly hairy plant usually branched. Flowers scarlet, 7 to 10 cm the petals overlapping, often with a black blotch at the base, anthers bluish. Flower stalks with spreading hairs. Seed capsule rounded.

Photo ID?

Cultivated fields, bare and waste places, field boundaries and roadsides.

When to see it

June to October.

Life History


UK Status

Found throughout Britain, but more localised in Wales and Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 328 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map