Wild Red Poppy – Papaver Rhoeas, ‘Corn Poppy’ – Approximately 1000 seeds in each pack
Poppies are one of our prettiest, brightest and most iconic wild flowers. The seeds are renowned for germinating in freshly turned soils, which is why we often see poppies appear in our ploughed farmlands. It’s for this reason they became known as the ‘corn poppy’. Is is said that the seeds can remain viable for over 100 years, even within the soil. They’ll lie dormant until the earth is disturbed, patiently awaiting the chance to see the light and germinate. In Flanders Fields during WW1, it was the bombs that provided the perfect conditions for the famous explosion of colour that has seen the wild poppy become our national flower of remembrance. In agriculture, poppies are sadly considered a weed and in decline.
Poppies have the most brilliant red petals that will add a vibrant burst of colour to your garden. They’re highly beneficial to bees and other pollinating insects will attract an array of wildlife. Seeds are best sown in autumn or early spring. Plants that germinate in autumn and overwinter usually produce more blooms. If you allow poppies to set seed, they’ll likely return year-after-year with minimal effort – and can take over if you’re not careful!