Opium Poppy - Papaver somniferum


    Medium to tall, erect plant. Leaves greyish green, oblong, but lobed and undulate, the upper clasping the stem. Flowers large, 8 to 18 cm purple, pale lilac or red, often with a deep blotch at the base of each petal, anthers pale yellow. Capsule rounded.

    Identification difficulty

    Cultivated and waste land, waysides.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Found fairly frequently throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 83 of the 617 tetrads.

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