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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

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!

    Pollinator Friendly Plants for Summer

    Native summer flowering plants that provide the best habitat, shelter and food for pollinators.

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