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


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