Common Poppy - Papaver rhoeas

    Alt Name

    Medium height roughly hairy plant usually branched. Flowers scarlet, 7 to 10 cm the petals overlapping, often with a black blotch at the base, anthers bluish. Flower stalks with spreading hairs. Seed capsule rounded.

    Identification difficulty

    Cultivated fields, bare and waste places, field boundaries and roadsides.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain, but more localised in Wales and Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 328 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map