• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Papaver rhoeas

Common poppy

Common poppy

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  • Other common names Common poppy
    African rose

    Blind-eyes
    Blue-eyes
    Canker
    Canker rose
    Cheese couls
    Cheese cowl
    Cock rose
    Cop rose
    Copper rose
    Cornflower
    Corn poppy
    Corn rose
    Field poppy
    Flanders poppy
    Headache plant
    Headaches
    Prophetic leaf
    Red cornflower
    Red poppy
    Redweed
    Shirley poppy
    Thunder flower
    Wind rose

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  • Genus Papaver can be annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennials with simple or pinnately divided leaves and short-lived, saucer-shaped, 4-petalled flowers which may be solitary or in racemes

  • Family Papaveraceae / Papaveraceae

  • Species P. rhoeas is an erect annual to 75 cm, with pinnately lobed oblong leaves and solitary, bright scarlet bowl-shaped flowers in summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar_Upright#Columnar/Upright

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained fertile soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be attacked by aphids

Diseases May be subject to a downy mildew

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