Common Poppy is a member of the Papaver (Poppy) family. Its botanical name is Papaver somniferum. The scientific name epithet somniferum means 'sleep-bringing'.
Hardy annual with grey green lobed leaves and large single flowers in shades of red and pink.
Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to KU Crimson and Ruby and Dark scarlet. When mature, blooms are roughly 12.0 cm (that's 4.68 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a single form. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to Dark brown and Davy's grey. Leaves usually appear in Hunter green and Sea green
Common Poppy grows as an annual and is a flower. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.
Common Poppy is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 70.0 cm (2.27 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in late summer.
Try planting Common Poppy if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.
Common Poppy is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.
Common Poppy is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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Removing the first bud, before it opens, produces a plant then then makes six or eight buds; giving a more colourful show of smaller flowers.
Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 3 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Common Poppy is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
See our list of companion Plants for Common Poppy to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
If the first sowing does not seem to work, disturb the ground where the seeds were sown and wait another week or so to see if germination is progressing
Sow in the spring into prepared open ground when the air temperature does not dip below 9C. The seeds need light to germinate so do not cover
Breadseed poppies do not transplant well. Best to sow seeds where they are required and then thin outCommon Poppy is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.
Seedheads are decorative, and contain up to 1000 seeds.
Harvest the seed heads on a dry day just as the holes below the rim begin to open. Tie a paper bag round the heads and hang upside down to dry, collecting the seeds in the bag as they are released.
Seed viability is two years.
These estimates for how long Common Poppy takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 9 days | Min 1 days | Max 21 days (23)
Average 15 days | Min 7 days | Max 52 days (6)
Average 90 days | Min 90 days | Max 108 days (3)
Papaver somniferum L.
Misspellings: Papaver somniflorum, Papaver paeoniflorum