Poppy, Common

Information on Common Poppy

Common Name: Common Poppy
Scientific Name: Papaver rhoeas
Irish Name: Cailleach dhearg
Family Group: Papaveraceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Common Poppy could sometimes be confused with:

Poppy, Long-headed,

Borne on very hairy stems which can reach 80cm high, the deep scarlet, dark-centred flowers of these June to August flowering wayside flowers only last one day. This poppy has four overlapping, papery petals which have a crumpled, silky appearance.  These petals are frequently darker nearer the centre of the flower and the poppy's anthers are a deep blue-black colour.  The deep-green leaves are toothed and lobed. Also known as Poipín and Corn Poppy, these flowers grow along roadways, in cornfields and on waste ground.  They were possibly introduced into Ireland and belong to the family Papaveraceae.  


I first identified this flower in 1973 in Bray, Co Wicklow and photographed it in Ballitore, Co Kildare in 2003. 

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

Robert Burns wrote :

'Pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, the bloom is shed'

Forever a symbol of those who died in the first and second World Wars, the poppy was chosen to represent the fallen for its blood-red colour.   

Poppy, Common
Poppy, Common
Poppy, Common
Poppy, Common