Yellow horned-poppy Glaucium flavum

A bright yellow relative of the common poppy. The yellow horned-poppy derives its name from the extraordinarily long seed pods it produces which can reach lengths of up to 30cm - the size of a ruler - and curve like the tusks of an elephant.

Distribution

It is most commonly found along the coasts of south-east England and rarest in the north-east and Scotland (where it is confined to only a few isolated spots).

Habitat

The yellow horned-poppy prefers sandy and shingle beaches to the inland meadows of its relative.

Best time to see

Flowers from June to September.

Did you know...

Yellow horned-poppy was once thought to be good for applying to bruises - hence it being known in south-east England as "Bruiseroot" or "Squatmore" (a squat being another term for bruise).