Poppy (Common) Papaver rhoeas
"In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow..."
- John McCrae, "In Flanders Fields"
The symbol of rememberance, the striking red flowers of the common poppy stand out from afar. Left alone they can paint entire fields a scarlet hue.
Where it grows
Farmland and waste ground, field edges, roadsides.
Best time to see
June to September.
- It is the County Flower of both Essex and Norfolk.
- In the Language of Flowers it stands for consolation.
How's it doing?
Poppies can be found across the country in the summer months, although modern agriculture has decreased its range.
3 things you may not know
- Poppies seeds only sprout when the earth about them is disturbed, hence why so many grew on the battlefields of WWI.
- The Ancient Greeks and Persians associated poppies with love. The Romans were more practical: it was a sacred flower Ceres, goddess of agriculture.
- North Norfolk has long been known as Poppyland after an association made by the Victorian poet Clement Scott in his poem 'The Garden of Sleep'.