Welsh Poppy - Papaver cambricum


Medium slightly hairy, loosely tufted plant, with yellow latex from broken stems. Flowers yellow, rarely orange 4 to 8 cm solitary on long stalks. Capsule elliptical with a short style at the apex.

Identification difficulty

Moist shaded habitats, old walls, rocky places, hedgerows and woodland.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Mainly found in Wales and south-western England, but naturalised elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland and probably naturalised in this area from escaped garden stock. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map