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Common Poppy

Papaver rhoeas

Also known as

Field Poppy, African Rose, Blind-Eyes, Blue-Eyes, Canker, Canker Rose, Cheese Couls, Cheese Cowl, Cock Rose, Cop Rose, Copper Rose, Cornflower, Corn Poppy, Corn Rose, Flanders Poppy, Headache Plant, Headaches, Prophetic Leaf, Red Poppy, Redweed, Shirley Poppy, Thunder Flower, Wind Rose, Common red poppy, Poppy

Papaver May 2009-1 by Alvesgaspar (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Common Poppy Overview

Papaver rhoeas is an upright annual species from the Papaveraceae family. Well known by the names Field Poppy or Common Poppy. This annual plant has a wide distribution across most of Europe. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Common Poppy

How to propagate Common Poppy


Sow annually and self seeding.

Special features of Common Poppy

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Common Poppy

Wildflower/meadow, border

Flowers - Annuals to direct sow in September

There is still time to direct sow these hardy annuals where you want them to flower next spring.

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Garden Annuals

Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.

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