Atlas Poppy agg. - Papaver atlanticum

    Alternative names
    Moroccan Poppy and as Spanish Poppy, Papaver rupifragum var. atlanticum

    An orange flowered poppy growing to 18 inches tall on upright stems. The leaves are mainly basal, wavy edged, blue green in colour and hairy. This is one of many cultivated plants that escapes into the wild and persists, at least for a time. These cultivated plants may have many different varieties or cultivars, and hybridisation is common so our images of garden escapes can only be said to be representative of the species.

    Identification difficulty

    Disturbed or open ground, usually close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowering May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in England as an escape from cultivation, it is commonest in the south east, less common elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent as a garden escape in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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