Corn Poppy

Papaver rhoeas (Corn Poppy)

Papaver rhoeas(Annual)

Corn Poppy has single flowers of red, pink or white. Each petal often marked at its base with a black blotch. Corn Poppy is easy-to-grow in full sun on well-drained soil. It blooms May to June. The Shirley Poppy is derived from this species.


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Colorful annual
Easy-to-grow and readily reseeds itself
Good addition to meadow seed mixes

Height

12-36 Inches

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Spread

12-36 Inches


Growing & Maintenance Tips

Prefers cultivated, disturbed soil, such as agricultural fields.Size varies according to the soil in which plants grow: the poorer the soil, the smaller and paler the blooms. Plants self-seed readily.

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Interesting Notes

Well known for its showy red flowers, this species should not be confused with the Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum). In the Mediterranean, Corn Poppy greens are eaten as a vegetable.

Great Companions

Cornflower Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus )
Lanceleaf Coreopsis Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata )
Rocket Larkspur Rocket Larkspur (Delphinium ajacis )