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Common Poppy

Papaver rhoeas

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Conservation Status

Green, least concern

Best Time to See

June, July, August, September

Natural Habitat

Farmland and waste ground, field edges, roadsides.

The symbol of remembrance, the striking red flowers of the common poppy stand out from afar, painting entire fields vivid scarlet.

Common throughout British Isles but rarer in North and West.

Cultural info
It is the County Flower of both Essex and Norfolk.
In the Language of Flowers it stands for consolation.

How’s it doing?
Poppies can be found across the country in the summer months, although modern agriculture has decreased its range.

3 things you may not know
Poppies seeds only sprout when the earth about them is disturbed, hence why so many grew on the battlefields of WWI.
The Ancient Greeks and Persians associated poppies with love. The Romans were more practical: it was a sacred flower Ceres, goddess of agriculture.

North Norfolk has long been known as Poppyland after an association made by the Victorian poet Clement Scott in his poem ‘The Garden of Sleep’. for more information



A tin bursting with common poppy seeds. Each ball contains around 100 seeds, and each tin will provide coverage for 1 square metre in a garden, or 3-5 medium sized pots. Best scattered in the Spring or Autumn. See Full Listing.


Our Bird Mix is designed to feed the birds for you, and is a much more sustainable option to buying bagged bird feed! The careful selection of plants will boost the food supply for a wide range of birds including goldfinches, blue tits, chaffinches, greenfinches, robins, starlings, increasing the number of birds seen in your garden. Whilst in bloom the flowers will attract insects that many birds feed on, while birds will also feed directly on the plants and seeds themselves. See Full Listing.

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