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Papaver rhoeas (field poppy)

Papaver Rhoeas (Field Poppy)


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Position: full sun
Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: June to August Hardiness: fully hardy
Once a common sight in cornfields, this brilliant red field poppy is perfect for a sunny wildflower garden or meadow, where it will self-seed freely. Profits from these seeds are used to protect existing wildflower areas and develop new sites where wildflowers can grow. In folklore field poppies were believed to cause thunderstorms. Garden care: When sowing seeds do not use a fertiliser since wildflowers prefer poor soils. In autumn after flowering cut the faded flower-heads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.

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