Information on Welsh Poppy

Common Name: Welsh Poppy
Scientific Name: Meconopsis cambrica
Irish Name: Poipín Breatnach
Family Group: Papaveraceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Welsh Poppy is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


The Welsh Poppy is a well-known perennial plant, frequently found in gardens, damp rocky places and on mountains. The bright green plant reaches about 50cm high and its flowers (4-8cm across) are the truest, clearest yellow I know, each one with 4 over-lapping petals borne solitarily on slender, almost hairless stems. At the centre of each flower is a circle of yellow stamens. They bloom from June to August. The leaves are stalked and divided into coarsely toothed lobes. The fruit is an oval capsule with pores at the top for seed distribution. This is a native plant which has been planted in gardens, rather than a garden escape, and it belongs to the family Papaveraceae.  

My first record of this wildflower is in 1978 in Dalkey, Co Dublin and I photographed on the roadside near Old Bridge, Co Wicklow in 2008. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Poppy, Welsh
Poppy, Welsh

Although this is known as a Poppy, it was reclassified as Meconopsis and not Papaver due to its method of seed dispersal which is through little slits in the seed capsule and not from the top as in other Poppies.  Meconopsis is a Greek word meaning 'Poppy-like'.