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.

Cultural info

  • 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'.