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Red Field Poppy Seeds - Papaver rhoeas - Wildflower

Type: Annual
Approximate height: Up to 75 cm
Flowering Time: May to August
Site and soil type: Prefers well-drained soil in sun
When to sow: Spring to autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct onto soil. Inside, using biodegradable pots.
Packet contents: Approximately 2000 seeds / 0.27 g

This is the familiar wild red poppy that grows in cornfields and hedgerows.

It has an upright habit with bright scarlet flowers and decorative seed pods. 

It will self-seed but the seeds need light to germinate which is why seedlings appear on recently disturbed soil.

Although poppies do not produce nectar they do produce pollen making them very popular with bees. 

  provides food for the following creatures: 

  • Bumble bees
  • Honey bees 
  • Solitary bees
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

🐛 A food plant for the caterpillar

🦋 Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

🦇 Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

🦇 (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

** The Royal Horticultural Society, and its logo, are trade marks of The Royal Horticultural Society (Registered Charity No 222879/SC038262) and used under licence.