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Common Poppy

Papaver rhoeas

Also known as

Common red poppy, Shirley poppy, Corn poppy, Field poppy, Flanders poppy, Poppy

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


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.

Other uses of Common Poppy

Wildflower/meadow, border

Flowers to Sow Outside in October

Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!

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