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Common Poppy | Papaver rhoeas

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1x 15cm plug plant

Immerse your garden in the vibrant allure of Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas). Featuring delicate, crepe-like petals in shades of red with distinctive black centres, this iconic wildflower blooms from late spring to early summer. Thriving in well-drained soils and basking in full sunlight, Common Poppy is an adaptable and resilient beauty suitable for meadows, cottage gardens, and urban landscapes.

With minimal maintenance demands, this annual gem self-seeds to create a brilliant display, attracting pollinators and adding a touch of nostalgia to your landscape. Embrace the timeless allure of Common Poppy and elevate your garden effortlessly with this symbol of remembrance and naturalistic charm.

Description

Botanical Information

Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), an iconic and delicate annual, graces landscapes with its vibrant red blooms. Belonging to the poppy family, this wildflower showcases paper-thin petals, contrasting with its distinct black centre. Standing at heights between 30 to 90 centimetres, its slender stems and ethereal appearance make it a beloved choice for gardens and natural spaces.

Habitat

Thriving in well-drained, sunny locations, Common Poppy is often found in meadows, fields, and along road verges. Its adaptability to various soil types, including poor and disturbed soils, makes it a versatile and resilient species. Preferring full sunlight, it can also tolerate partial shade, demonstrating its ability to flourish in diverse environments.

Benefits to Wildlife

Common Poppy plays a vital role in supporting wildlife, providing nectar for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Its vibrant blooms attract these beneficial insects, contributing to the overall health and diversity of local ecosystems. Additionally, the plant’s seeds serve as a food source for birds, enhancing its ecological value and fostering biodiversity.

Conservation Status in the UK

With a stable and widespread presence, Common Poppy is not currently listed as endangered in the United Kingdom. Its adaptability to different habitats contributes to its resilience. While not facing significant conservation threats, the plant’s cultural significance and its association with remembrance align with broader conservation goals, emphasizing the importance of preserving its populations. 

Ease of Growing

Gardeners appreciate Common Poppy for its ease of cultivation, thriving in well-drained soils with minimal maintenance. As an annual, it readily self-seeds, creating a naturalized and visually striking display. Its ability to colonize disturbed areas makes it suitable for both wild and cultivated gardens. Common Poppy’s effortless growing nature and low-maintenance requirements make it an excellent choice for those seeking a visually impactful and easily cultivated wildflower.

Common Poppy stands as a symbol of natural beauty and cultural significance, celebrated for its botanical elegance and ecological contributions. From its vibrant red blooms to its adaptability and ease of cultivation, this wildflower enriches both natural and cultivated landscapes. With its positive impact on pollinators and its iconic presence, Common Poppy remains a cherished choice for those seeking an enduring and visually impactful addition to their outdoor spaces.

More Information

RHS

The Wildlife Trusts

Species From the Same Habitat

 Corn Marigold | Glebionis segetum

Cornflower | Centaurea cyanus

 Hedge Woundwort | Stachys sylvatica

ALL WILDFLOWERS

Additional information

Weight 1 kg

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