Oriental Poppy - Papaver pseudoorientale

Alt Name
Papaver orientale

Oriental Poppy is a perennial poppy with large, red or orange flowers and bristly leaves. It has been a popular garden plant since it was introduced to western Europe. Height: 50 to110 cm. Stem leafy to the top, upper part smoothly haired. Flowers have 4 to 6 petals and measure 8 to 12 cm. This is one of many cultivated plants that escapes into the wild and persists, at least for a time. These cultivated plants may have many different varieties or cultivars, and hybridisation is common so our images of garden escapes can only be said to be representative of the species.

Photo ID?

Usually found as a casual garden escape on open or disturbed ground close to habitation.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History

Perennial herb.

UK Status

Infrequent but widespread as an escape from cultivation in England.

VC55 Status

Infrequent as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map