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Common Poppy

Papaver rhoeas

Plant Data

Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Papaveraceae (Poppy)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Red, 4 petals
 
Large scarlet flower with a black centre, up to 10cm.
Fruit:
A barrel-shaped seed capsule with a flat top. Not hairy.
Leaves:
Common Poppy is an overwintering flower. The stalked leaves are lobed and alternate along the stems.
Maximum Size:
70 centimetres tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and seeds can be eaten raw or cooked. You can use the leaves in soups and salads in a similar way you would use spinach. The seeds taste nutty.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bledewort, Corn Poppy, Corn Rose, Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy, Red Poppy, Redweed, Remembrance Poppy, Thunder Flower.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, parkland, roadsides, wasteland.