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Papaver rhoeas (Common Poppy) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Common Poppy(Papaver rhoeas) Herb in 9cm Pot

The common field poppy, corn poppy or Papaver rhoeas is a striking plant in itself, and is commonly seen in in fields and pastures, as the name suggests. The common poppy is a popular choice for the borders of gardens especially if you are looking for a cottage garden feel. This annual has light green leaves lobed leaf and upright hairy stems, which hold a solitary four petalled, bowl-shaped bright red flower.

This iconic flower can be up to 10cm across and can have a black centre, while the plant can grow to be 60cm tall. Seen in the fields of Flanders after the battles of World War I, the poppy has become a symbol associated with Remembrance Day.

Poppies prefer sunny well-drained soil, and can be sown in the autumn directly into the garden, where they will germinate in the spring, and as they self seed happily, you will need to dead-head if you want to avoid this.

Herb Usage

As a culinary herb, the seeds are used in baking and there is evidence that they have been used to add flavour to baking and cooking since Roman times.

The seeds are used internally for a range of conditions, as being a sedative, astringent herb, it has been found to relieve muscle spasms, insomnia anxiety etc. It is important to remember that all parts of Papaver spp.except the seeds are toxic if ingested, and the cultivation of Papaver somniferum(opium poppy) is subject to legal restrictions in some countries. 

Buy Common Poppy Online

Out potted common poppy is available to buy herb plants are available to buy online generally between May and September.



Papaver rhoeas (Common Poppy) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Light free-draining soil
Flower Colour Red
Height 60cm
Spread 30cm
Latin Name Papaver rhoeas
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary Baking
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic Medicinal
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Wildlife